Vertical mobility takes on a whole new meaning as these Hydrofloors move up at the push of the button while the water seeps away, then slide back down when you want to turn the room (or patio or porch) back into a sunning or swimming pool.” —
Reusing an older structure and creating appropriate in-fill is a challenge, and requires significant vision from the architect. It is often simply easier to wipe out the old and start with a clean slate. But if you take into consideration the entire cost in dollars and energy of this approach with demolition, landfills, creating new infrastructure, and new construction, the challenge is one that the architectural profession needs to embrace more ardently.
…studies show that dollar for dollar, historic preservation is one of the highest job-generating economic development options, as illustrated in the 2005 presentation, “The Economics of Historic Preservation” by Don Rypkema