Ross Cameron writes for CommonWealth Magazine that Emerson’s Little Building epitomizes the environmental case for repurposing downtown buildings.
Cameron said constructing a new building would have created nearly 3,000 additional metric tons of CO₂ emissions. Cameron is the Vice President of Elkus Manfredi Architects, which reprogrammed and reimagined the building into a mixed-use student residence for 750 students.
Historic preservationists and environmental advocates are aligned on the benefits of preserving and reusing historic structures. Reuse rather than replacement simultaneously creates a continuity of historic fabric and addresses the negative environmental impacts of new construction.
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