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Adaptive reuse is employed when revitalizing an existing infrastructure while maintaining important aspects of the cultural architectural heritage and promoting sustainability. The option to turn away from older structures and build new is a large problem in cities such as Detroit. Historic preservationists are trained to observe a structure’s potential before walking away. Meanwhile interior designers obtain the skills to rejuvenate such buildings for a new use. Case studies have shown the benefits of these two professions teaming up to apply adaptive reuse on historic structures for modern purposes. By studying the creative space planning methods and historic preservations standards used in documented adaptive reuse successes from cities such as Baltimore, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, and San Francisco, CA, areas such as Detroit can also experience success.


Architectural History and Criticism | Arts and Humanities | Fine Arts | Historic Preservation and Conservation | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Interior Architecture