Alongside our work for clients, MODU launches initiatives as a catalyst to design for better futures. We work as creative entrepreneurs, engaging in issues important to us with proactive and social ventures.

Second Life is an initiative to transform overlooked or leftover urban properties. Whether abandoned, incomplete, or simply left over, properties are given a second life, turned into weather-adaptable places for work and learning. Instead of public facilities, they become collective spaces organized by the people who use them.

Our design strategy has been tested with Platform, a project in Milan. While that project reimagines an incomplete structure, Second Life broadly identifies leftover urban sites that have been undevelopable. More than adaptive reuse, our strategy of “rebooting” activates overlooked properties, empowering neighborhoods and their communities.

Second Life Think-Tank
Each MODU initiative, sometimes for a project, has a tailored, cross-disciplinary think tank based on our needs. We have assembled a unique team for the Second Life think tank, working across disciplines to enact a new future for urban work and learning.

Architecture, Urban Design: Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem, MODU
Landscape Architecture: Kristi Cheramie, Ohio State University
Physics, Climate Science: Christoph Meinrenken, Columbia University Earth Institute
Urban Sociology: Gordon Douglas, Institute for Metropolitan Studies  


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