Adaptive Reuse Of Civic Buildings
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- Conference Proceeding
- REHAB 2017 - Procedings of the 3rd International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings and Structures, 2017
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Adaptive reuse of buildings is a growing field of activity and discussion within the Adaptive Architecture and the sustainability debate. Much of this activity and debate relates to private commercial buildings where economic performance is a strong driver for adaptation. The literature provides little information about adaptive reuse of civic buildings, especially city and town halls. City halls are important landmarks which are significant culturally, helping to define the city visually, socially and symbolically, whilst also providing functional services. This paper discusses different types of adaptive reuse of buildings to position thinking about suitable types which apply to city halls. Case studies add further understanding about approaches taken in the adaption of city halls for contemporary purposes. Consideration is given to prioritising between cultural considerations or functional change for new purposes and technical upgrade of buildings.
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