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Adaptive reuse is a way of preserving existing buildings through a change in the purpose of the building from what was originally intended, usually after the property has matured within the property life cycle. One fundamental characteristic of adaptive reuse is the conversion of a previously underused building to one that has an economically viable use. This change is notably different from merely preserving the structure for museum-like purposes.

Although people have always found new uses for older structures, the term adaptive reuse did not come into existence until the 21st century. The recycling of buildings has since become an important tool for the historic preservation community, which has been intent on protecting historically significant buildings from demolition. Historic preservation advocates attempt to maximize the hidden ...

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