The Power and Possibility of Adaptive Reuse
Look around any city or town, and you’ll likely find examples of aging buildings in need of restoration, rehabilitation, or reconstruction. Reuse of these historic structures plays a key role in not only preserving the past, but also as we look to the future and consider the impact our designs have on communities and the environment.
Murphy Arts District in El Dorado, Arkansas by DLR Group. Photo by Kevin G Reeves.
Historic buildings give us a peek into our collective past, and, with the right vision, reuse of these buildings offer us a sustainable vision for the future. Our efforts to preserve heritage properties through adaptive reuse allows designers to play a vital role in balancing the health of the environment with the health of the economy. Especially as we near the year 2030, opportunities to restore, rehabilitate, or reconstruct legacy structures will play an essential role in our efforts to address the disruptive effects of climate change.