Mark Brandt Presenting Saturday Plenary at 2014 Ontario Heritage Conference


Building Lives: Adventures in Adaptive Re-Use

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 1:30-3:30pm

NAV Centre Theatre, Cornwall, Ontario

Adaptive Reuse is one of the fundamental keys to the future of Heritage Conservation in Ontario and North America. Static restoration of a historic building to simply house its past is just not viable today in 99% of cases. Since the Ontario Heritage Act renewal in 2005 and the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places (Parks Canada) came out in 2009, we now have clear roadmaps for preserving cultural heritage value of our built history that allows, with skilled application, for change and adaptive reuse that both attracts/facilitates users AND preserves heritage value for future generations.

Mark will show how buildings and places of significance grow and adapt in ways that we may never have imagined, but when the changes are sensitively executed, they add more layers of meaning and support the original and earlier “lives” of these places. Finding a new use for a heritage building can often save it, and also help save the planet, since the “greenest building is the one that already exists”.

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