The Sustainable Divide: Conflict of Preservation and Adaptive Green Design

By Kristen Bender.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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This paper will investigate the ongoing struggle between preservation and adaptive reuse in the modern design field today. The origins of adaptive reuse and preservation will be discussed as well as the evolution of these movements throughout time from multiple theorists’ viewpoints. Many see the divide between preservation and adaptability great because of differing ideologies and methods of sustainability. Case Studies will be analyzed to see which ideologies could be more effective in the renovation of buildings in present day. With the continued inability to change with the time of the building and the people within, preservation as a movement, will eventually die out instead of becoming a lifelong adaptive reuse strategy of reusing existing buildings. As Darwin states, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but the one most adaptable to change.”

Keywords: Theme: Design and Planning Processes, Values, Heritage, Sustainability

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.17-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 201.611KB).

Kristen Bender

Student, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

I am currently working on my Masters of Art in Interior Architecture, specializing in Adaptive Reuse. My undergraduate degree was in Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and I grew up in a small rural farming community in Nebraska. Currently, I am interested in the ongoing dialogue between the differing ideologies of preservation and adaptive reuse in the modern design field today. I also would like to further my investigations in sustainable adaptive design and legislation that reinforces the changing ideals of the design community.