Top Ten Reasons to Reuse an Existing Building – Karma

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Categories: Adaptive Reuse, Theory & Practice

TOP TEN REASONS
TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING


KARMA


 

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Keeping old buildings creates good Karma with neighbors and with the City. And, of course, with the ghosts of those that designed, built, and inhabited the place.

“Neighborhoods containing a mix of older, smaller buildings of diverse age support greater levels of positive economic and social activity than areas dominated by newer, larger buildings. These findings support the idea that retaining blocks of older, smaller, mixed-vintage buildings can help cities achieve sustainable development goals and foster great neighborhoods.” – “Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring How the Character of Buildings and Blocks Influences Urban Vitality” by Preservation Green Lab


Before and after: Imperial Laundry Building on Capitol Hill repurposed as the Seattle University School of Law Annex. No street setbacks were required, thus more floor area was allowed because the existing footprint was maintained.


TOP TEN REASONS
TO REUSE AN EXISTING BUILDING

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