From Abandoned Place To Must-See Hot Spot, 3 Of America's Best Recycled Structures

July 12, 2014 11:50 AM

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To keep an old building, or bust it down and build something new in its place? Such is the question facing developers who want to increase property value while minimizing the cost to do it. But it doesn't take a historic preservationist or urban explorer to see that abandoned spaces can be beautiful.

Some of these projects breed creativity by encouraging experimental design -- architects can think about approaching an established structure in a different way -- and by devoting more space for public engagement. Perhaps most importantly, projects like the following enhance the placemaking and liva...

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