We Recycle Bottles. Why Don’t We Recycle Buildings?

To confront climate change, we need to make the most of the buildings we already have.

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In New York City, the historic Farley Post Office Building is being transformed into the new Moynihan Train Hall—a critical part of the redevelopment of Penn Station. Image © Empire State Development, courtesy of SOM | Methanoia

A building can only be considered truly sustainable if it remains in use for long enough to justify the resources invested in its creation.

An alternative to demolition

The economic case for adaptive reuse

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The historic Strand Theater in San Francisco, before and after its renovation as a contemporary performance venue. Photos © Bruce Damonte

Restoring a theater, reviving a neighborhood

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Inside the renovated Strand, reinvented as a cutting-edge performance space for American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). Photo © Bruce Damonte
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Photos © Bruce Damonte

Back to the future: Moynihan Train Hall

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The Farley Post Office building, photographed shortly after its completion. Image courtesy Library of Congress.
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Passengers can now enter Penn Station through new entrances at the Farley Building. Photo © Magda Biernat
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Left: Photo © James Ewing. Right: Image © Empire State Development, courtesy of SOM | Methanoia
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Above: Photo © Magda Biernat. Below: Image © Empire State Development, courtesy of SOM | Methanoia

The path to a sustainable future

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