The Conversation:

Adaptive Reuse


Adaptive Reuse projects (like the Hughes Aircraft project the LA Conservancy email describes below) rethink old buildings & places instead of abandoning them or tearing them down. With #NeighborhoodHospitality thinking, we can create new visions for historical structures and neighborhoods, without turning *everything* into condos. Ava will be reaching out to all of her architect, interior, landscape and civic designer cronies looking for Ava-in-Residence gigs highlighting exciting #PodsEcosystems across our fine nation!



My friend, Gunta, is an architect & landscape designer and works for an international architectural services company. 


I’m doing well! Have been in a kind of soul-searching, executive sabbatical mode since both the girls are in college now. The outcome is a fun new project—running for U.S. President as a former showgirl character named d’Ava Gardener—in a social media campaign, using the concept of redesigning governance in light of current technology as a place-connecting idea for touring the country with my new art show. Check it out if you have time! I’m looking for artist-in-residence opportunities highlighting interesting civic and adaptive reuse projects. I can engage in project work while in residence and will blog about & promote my host's development efforts, looking for interesting connections as I move from place to place. Here’s a bit about the project & a bit of the former-showgirl-on-the-lam vibe here


What are you working on these days? How are the kiddos?

All best, 

d.b.a. D’Ava Gardener




Cars and Container labs, studios, classrooms connecting beautiful little U.S. towns along cargo train lines, taking pressure off big city rents & highway congestion. Good for environment/good for our health (live/work/walkable places) Why build new corporate & other campuses *like* main street towns when we have *actual* main street towns we could love on? The old train barons weren't messing around: awesome #LocalFlavor & materials like marble, hand carved wood, stained glass etc.  With tech and clean transportation, we can live & work from anywhere without becoming isolated.