2021-06-21Teil eines Buches DOI: 10.18452/23423
The Reuse of Buildings: Libraries Behaving Sustainably
The chapter takes a broad overview starting from the premise that reuse of buildings has obvious benefits in terms of recycling materials and retaining the embodied energy contained within the structure. It focuses on the opportunity for libraries to adopt a fully sustainable approach by locating in existing buildings in need of a new use which has the added advantage of creating a sense of place and community identity. Examples of old buildings that have been brought back into use as libraries are discussed as are the challenges of sensitively adapting listed buildings and blending old and new elements respectfully and imaginatively. Most of the examples discussed are drawn from the United Kingdom and Ireland although reference is made to other worldwide examples.
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