Comments on design and architecture usually focus on new construction during a real estate boom. But in the next generation, more abandoned buildings will be repurposed in America (and Connecticut) than at any time since World War II.
There are millions and millions of square feet of built up space that is either unusable or soon to be. Part of this imperative is that our culture has established that existing buildings represent both a moral good and an economic value. Sustainability is becoming a key design criterion – where the energy contained in each building, the energy needed to remove a building, the energy needed to construct a new one, and the toxins contained in ours imposed on the environment during their construction or demolition become morally unacceptable and economically punishable given the regulations and the costs imposed.