gestalten – Building for Change

Win the book “Building for Change

People live and work very differently today than they did 20 years ago. Cities and buildings have to adapt quickly to this reality. Building everything from scratch is not a solution, and that’s why architects are needed to adapt existing buildings to new needs through sustainable conversion and progressive reuse.

A sofa factory is transformed into a co-working hub, viaducts into community gardens, and department stores into cultural centers. The book also presents buildings whose deconstruction and recycling were already considered during construction, because holistic architecture is not only desirable, but also pioneering for resource-conscious and sustainable building.


Publisher: design & Dr. Ruth Lang
Layout: Full color, hardcover, thread bound,
256 pages
Format: 24 × 30 cm
Price: €50 (D) | €51,40 (A) | 64,40 CHF
Language: English

About the co-publisher

Dr. Ruth Lang is an architect, curator, writer, and lecturer at the Royal College of Art and the London School of Architecture. Her work is dedicated to how contemporary building practice can address diversity and climate change. She has curated exhibitions for the V&A Museum and Jerwood Gallery and writes for FRAME, Architectural Review, and Modernist Magazine.

About gestalten

gestalten is an international publishing house founded in Berlin in 1995. gestalten regularly works with the biggest names and most exciting players in the creative world, discovering and capturing trends in contemporary visual culture, design, fashion, architecture and living, nature, mobility, travel, and food and drink.

gestalten is known by millions of people around the globe for creativity, inspiration, and high visual standards – whether in the form of iconic books or in the digital realm. With Kleine Gestalten, gestalten has also been publishing illustrated children’s books since 2014.