Heritage buildings are standing monuments to both urban history and social memory. If we truly wish to unite yesterday with today and tomorrow, while also reducing our carbon footprint in the process, it only makes sense to adapt, reuse and retrofit these classic structures.
In spite of strict heritage protection efforts across Australia, the demolition and re-construction of new buildings still is happening far more frequently than the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings. This trend generally is attributed to swift urban development and issues with city planning systems.
The ideal manner in which to preserve heritage places is to guarantee that they continue to be actively used and are held in great import by their host community. While trying to maintain and operate heritage buildings is a challenge and sometimes a risk, the active preservation of our history is worth it.