The Materials Book

Renovate Rather than Raze: Adapting older structures is almost always greener than rebuilding Many structures from the 1960s and 1970s were planned and built with a sort of missionary optimism, but these days they’re often reviled by the public and politicians as outdated and ugly. Sure, we could tear them down and replace them, but it would be vastly more sustainable to repurpose and reuse them. We can be inspired by their inventive spirit while updating them to today’s standards and adapting them to current needs. The energy, financial, and material cost of renovating is rarely higher than razing and rebuilding. Contributed by: Muck Petzet Architekten, Germany 351

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