Potential for architectural adaptation port silos


  • Nadia Yeksarova Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering & Architecture
  • Vladimir Yeksarev Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering & Architecture
  • Andrey Yeksarev Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering & Architecture




port heritage, silos, architectural adaptation, material flexibility


Post-industrial port structures occupy significant territories and play an important role in the architectural environment of port cities. Constantly changing social needs predetermine the search for new ideas and approaches to the reintegration of the former port territories and structures. The general tendency to preserve the integrity and successive development of the urban environment is the rejection of demolitions, unpromising losses from the standpoint of ecology, culture and economics. Architectural adaptation of a unique historical form (from an individual object to a territory) contributes to its integration into the urban infrastructure; is the art of connecting past and present. The article analyzes the potential of the combined urban planning and architectural value of historical silos as integral elements of port areas, with the aim of their reuse and sustainable development. The catalyst for the search for new ideas for filling, for a vivid imaginative solution of the “space of the future” is the characteristics of port engineering and technical structures (silos, warehouses, berths, cooling towers, etc.), their town-planning value. The overlap of different moments in time stimulates social interaction, forms the “spectacularity of opportunities”, a creative industry. The paper considers the trends and methods of adaptation (transformation, smart reuse) of port territories and silos into a dynamic sustainable environment.


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Author Biographies

Nadia Yeksarova, Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering & Architecture

Institute of Architecture and Art

Vladimir Yeksarev, Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering & Architecture

Candidate of Architecture, Associate Professor of the Department of Urban Planning, Institute of Architecture and Art

Andrey Yeksarev, Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering & Architecture

Master of Architecture, Researcher, Institute of Architecture and Art


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How to Cite

Yeksarova, N., Yeksarev, V. and Yeksarev, A. (2022) “Potential for architectural adaptation port silos”, VITRUVIO - International Journal of Architectural Technology and Sustainability, 7(1), pp. 92–103. doi: 10.4995/vitruvio-ijats.2022.17455.