Redesigning empty CT cinemas, churches and malls
Comments on design and architecture generally focus on new construction in a real estate boom. But in the next generation, America (and Connecticut) will see more reuse of derelict buildings than at any time since World War II.
There are millions and millions of square feet of built space that are unusable or soon to be. Part of this imperative is that our culture has determined that existing buildings are a moral asset as well as economic value. Sustainability becomes a core design criterion – where the energy embodied in each building, the energy required to remove a building, the energy required to construct a new one, and the toxins imposed on our environment during their construction or demolition, become morally unacceptable and economically punitive, given the regulations and the costs imposed.