Thursday, August 12, 2010

Retrofiting buildings reqires a Neighbourhood Approch

ACORN In a Nutshell, the newsletter of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, always has interesting, up to date articles and quotes. Here is one such article:

Matt Cole of the Neigbourhood Housing Services of Chicago wrote an article in Remodelling magazine that is worth reading in its entirety, but I thought he made a very important point about the importance of neighbourhoods that should be highlighted:

"Here is the ugly reality: None of our efforts to preserve and retrofit vintage buildings will be sustainable if we don't find ways to stop working on an ad-hoc, building-by-building basis We need to move upscale and start focusing on blocks of homes, distinct districts, or even entire neighborhoods. This is likely the only way we will lower project costs, develop affordable financing mechanisms, broaden resident outreach, and encourage better contractor training, etc. "

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