From the 12th to the 15th of July, the 29th ERES Annual Conference London 2023 was held, which is the leading real estate research meeting in Europe and one of the most significant property-related conferences globally. This conference, which represents the European Real Estate Society, was hosted by The Bartlett School of Planning at University College London (UCL). It was open to researchers and practitioners who are involved in various fields related to real estate.

During the conference, there were various activities, including PhD workshops, panel discussions, keynote speeches and a gala dinner. One of the most relevant discussion themes for Reincarnate was Sustainable Real Estate.

The Reincarnate project was represented by PhD researcher Brian van Laar from partner TUDelft, who presented the paper “A comprehensive literature review on the decision criteria for adaptive reuse throughout the AR process.” The publication, which was written by Vincent Gruis, Hilde Remøy, Greco Angela, and Brian van Laar from TUDelft, aimed to provide a state-of-the-art overview of the decision criteria throughout the adaptive reuse process. The research methodology used was an integrative literature review with a systematic search strategy to identify and structure relevant decision criteria. They established three phases in which decision criteria can be used in the adaptive reuse process (pre-project, preparation, and post-completion phases) and created a list of decision criteria for each phase across different categories. While the review found similarities between the different phases, economic and architectural categories were most frequently mentioned, but more specific environmental decision criteria were still overlooked, particularly in the implementation phase.

The findings of the study highlight the need for more research on circularity in the AR process, particularly on evaluation methods and the implementation phase. This phase is poorly understood yet crucial for circular practices such as disassembly. This study contributes to the growing literature on adaptive reuse by offering a more holistic outlook on the multi-criteria decision-making process.

Van Laar stated, “I received good feedback on my work, which I can use to improve my paper. It was my first conference, and it was great to experience researchers from all over the world coming together to share their work and thoughts. It was inspiring!”

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