Artist Michael Heizer created “City” three hours north of Las Vegas over the course of five decades. The installation is one of the largest artworks in the world and cost over $40 million in construction and maintenance.
While some buildings are slated for complete transformation through adaptive reuse, others are protected exactly as they are for their historic significance. Every year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation creates a list of “endangered historic places” in the United States. The list has been developed since 1988 to draw attention to places in danger of being torn down or damaged.
When it comes to adaptive reuse, the process of transforming an existing building for a purpose other than what it was built or designed for, motivations can range. Whether the goals are environmentally driven, resource preservation, or maintaining historic value, adaptive reuse has become a solution to some of our modern problems of the built environment.