10 Reasons to Re-Use an Old Building – History

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Categories: Adaptive Reuse, Theory & Practice

TOP TEN REASONS
TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING


HISTORY


 

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“…the greatest glory of a building is not in its stones, nor in its gold. Its glory is in its Age, and in that deep sense of voicefulness, of stern watching, of mysterious sympathy… which we feel in walls that have long been washed by the passing waves of humanity.” – John Ruskin, Seven


The image to left is of a retained lightwell at The Wing Luke Museum in the Chinatown-International District neighborhood which surrounded the rooms inhabited by Chinese immigrants in search for a better life. An art installation hangs above, “Letter Cloud” by Erin Shie Palmer and Susie Kozawa, honoring past generations.

Original plans had called for the light wells to be demolished. Though razing and starting anew would free the architecture to embrace the program, keeping existing conditions in this case enhanced it, keeping the past a little present in the future.


TOP TEN REASONS
TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING

HISTORY | Place | Character | Big | Material | Challenge | Energy | Cost | Karma | Vision