Reusing built heritage resources with sustainability

A.R. Pereira, J.M. Post, P.A. Erkelens

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Many old cities spread all over the world, face obsolete buildings, quarters or areas that urge for maintenance, re-adaptation or demolition. Among time, built heritage has always been re-used or recycled, suffering adaptations related to the living needs of its inhabitants and contemporary society context. Commonly, building’s lifespan regarding its survival and eventual disappearance, either partial or total, has scarcely been taken into consideration. But now, with the Ecological concerns as an imperative XXI century claim from our devastated planet, Society has to face existent buildings as a liable construction resource, that already occupies a considerable area of our cities and that would be foolish to waste. Re-Architecture: Lifespan Rehabilitation of Built Heritage, born in 2002 as a concept and is now being developed in a PhD research; coordinated by Prof. Ir. Jouke Post and Dr. Ir. Peter Erkelens. This renewal system under development, will not only contribute for the quality improvement of existent buildings interventions; in flexibility, sustainability and lifespan assessment, adaptive to consumer/user expectations and needs; but also for the preservation of both built and environmental heritage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability and Innovation in Construction and Real Estate, Proceedings of the 2nd CIB Student Chapters International Symposium, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 30-31 October
EditorsXing Wu
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventSustainability and Innovation in Construction and Real Estate, 2nd CIB Student Chapters International Symposium - Beijing, China
Duration: 30 Oct 200431 Oct 2004


ConferenceSustainability and Innovation in Construction and Real Estate, 2nd CIB Student Chapters International Symposium


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