Topic | The Sustainable Divide

The Sustainable Divide: A Conflict of Preservation and Adaptive Green Design

Keywords: Sustainable, Preservation, Conservation, Adaptive, Green, Energy-Efficient, Historical, Ideologies, Juxtaposition, Commissions, Regulations, Site Context



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 as huge because of its differing ideologies. Case Studies will be analyzed to see which ideologies could be more effective in the renovation of buildings that involve preservation or adaptive reuse. From investigating the precedent research, a proposal could be made on how to collaborate the differing theories to keep the integrity of historic buildings in the future, yet also allow for future adaptability to the building and increase the longevity of building life.

Case Study:

  • Cambridge Public Library

by Kristin Bender