Material Preservation: An Additive Adaptive Reuse Process to Deal with the Fractious Loss of Structures
Crotzer, Scott Eugene
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Design for Sustainability
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Design for Sustainability
Bibliographical references: pages 81-95
"Preservation is defined by the Secretary of Interior Standards as 'the act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity, and materials of a historic property' (National Park Service, n.d.). Adoption of preservation practices safeguarded many of our nation’s most treasured architecture and stopped the relentless pursuit of urban renewal. Today, revolutionary thought is needed in the field of preservation, including expanding preservation policies to further protect the valuable building materials lost when a structure is removed. Including deconstruction in the vocabulary of preservationists brings solutions to a city’s twenty-first century problems, such as accelerated urban blight and climate change, both of which are removing structures at an alarming rate. In the future, preservationists can save more than the built environment by expanding their ethics to include an alternative route, teaching deconstruction as an alternative to landfilling historic materials in situations when buildings cannot be saved. Deconstruction promotes healthier environments, reboots local economies and provides viable vocational skills, shifting the scales from saving the structures to also saving historic materials. Preservation practice’s integration of deconstruction techniques, as an alternative to complete loss, will further modernize the preservation movement and act as a catalyst for cities to follow."
Keywords: deconstruction, demolition, historic preservation, reclamation, reclaimed, reused, materials, triple bottom line, urban renewal, blight, climate change
CHAIR: Boylston, Scott
Design for Sustainability
PDF : 114 pages, color illustrations, color map
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