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The Conversation (Academic Journalism Society): Sustainable re-use and recycling work for heritage buildings and places too
Jason Byrne and Tony Matthews | November 30, 2017

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From Issue No. 264 | December 17, 2017

The old Pratt Street power plant in Baltimore in the US is now home to commercial uses. But the heritage preservation is compromised by advertising that is not sympathetic to the building style and design. Wikimedia Commons

The desire to preserve the special character and historical significance of unique places and buildings is at the heart of heritage preservation. But should heritage be “frozen in time”? Or can it sometimes be adapted for re-use in sustainable ways?

Safeguarding heritage for future generations can celebrate urban histories. But it can also make environmental sense. This includes conserving the embodied energy in buildings and retaining examples of design suited to the local environment.

However, some may see heritage protection as an imposition. This might include owners who wish to add modern sustainability features to a heritage building.

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