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Rhode Island School of Design

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals: Adaptive Reuse / Interior Architecture

This guide illustrates the Avery Index's unique features for locating current and historic literature and imagery related to architecture, interior architecture, adaptive reuse, urban planning, landscape architecture, & historic preservation.

When doing exploratory searches for examples of adaptive reuse, remember projects may not be described by the term adaptive reuse. Improve results by incorporating the searching tips on this page.

Note: While the links in this guide point to examples in the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals the search terms can be used widely in online and print sources.

Start with Simple Searches

Start with a simple search and build, narrow or refine your search depending on the results.

The phrase "adaptive reuse" can be searched as a Subject.

Be aware the phrase "Adaptive Reuse" is not always used in the body or summary of an article.


Use Additional Descriptive Phrases

Add these descriptive phrases in quotes to your keyword or subject search.
"alterations and additions to buildings"
"conversion of buildings"
"mixed use" or "multi use"


"mixed use or multi use" + exhibition

"concentration camps" + "alterations and additions"


A building's original typology is retained in adaptive reuse and recorded in the Avery's indexing. Therefore to find sources by typology use the phrase,

"_____  into  ____" to find adaptive reuse by building type.


"prisons into museums"

"prisons into  ___"

"asylums into  ___"

"hospitals into  ___"

"mills into ___"

"textile mills into ____"

"____  into libraries"

"____  into churches"

"____  into exhibition buildings"

Add the phrase "case study" to your search to find this specific type of document.

Search with the phrases, "barrier free design" or "universal design"

Related guide: Accessibility & Design