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The future adaptivity of nineteenth century heritage buildings

Sheila Conejos (Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Michael Y.L. Chew (Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Esther H.K. Yung (Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

ISSN: 2398-4708

Article publication date: 14 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Designing for the future sustainability and adaptability of building assets contributes to waste and emission reduction. Moreover, sustainable design and conservation principles are necessary for achieving sustainable and adaptable built heritage. The purpose of this paper is to introduce the improved adaptSTAR model in regards to maximising the future adaptive reuse and sustainability of existing built heritage and its surroundings.

Design/methodology/approach

A comparative study of two iconic nineteenth century heritage assets in Australia and Hong Kong is undertaken to highlight the need to forecast the future adaptation of heritage buildings in order to guarantee their continuous reuse and sustainability in an urban context.

Findings

Findings show that the functional, technological and legal attributes of these two nineteenth century heritage buildings require improvement so as to ensure their future adaptivity. The upgrading of heritage buildings for environmental sustainability is also deemed necessary.

Originality/value

The originality of this paper pertains to the advancement of the adaptSTAR tool in evaluating the future adaptivity of existing built heritage as well as new built environments whilst considering their economic, environmental and social values.

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Citation

Conejos, S., Chew, M.Y.L. and Yung, E.H.K. (2017), "The future adaptivity of nineteenth century heritage buildings", International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, Vol. 35 No. 4, pp. 332-347. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-03-2017-0012

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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