Even well-intentioned reuse efforts cannot repair unusable space. When buildings fall victim to neglect and disuse, improper care often leads to demolition, as no amount of retrofitting or renovation can improve a structure’s habitability. Realistically, destruction is an anticipated phase in a building’s life cycle, and although every effort should be made to care for and reuse the space we have, even demolition has its place in preservation. 

Demolition should be viewed as an opportunity for material reuse, requiring an organized framework of careful deconstruction rather than pure destruction. By encouraging sustainable practices, salvaged materials can be reapplied in new projects, and the environmental impact of the demolition process is minimized. 

Salvage and demolition will always have their place, but we must make a concerted effort to decrease their impact on our climate while improving their role in new construction.


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