In this episode of Shaping Sustainable Places, we discuss what is best: to refurbish an old building and bring it up to modern standards, or knock it down and construct a new low-carbon building instead?
Both sides have their pros and cons.
“For the moment there is a huge debate ongoing: are we going to preserve everything that we have already built or are we going to look at more nuanced way of developing our future?” says Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, architect and Founding Partner, Snøhetta.
Together with Ståle Rød, Executive Vice President, Skanska Group, they discuss the pros and cons when it comes to restoration versus new construction. What aspects should be taken into account when deciding whether to renovate an old building or build a new, net-zero carbon building instead?
“There is a balance between the users’ specific needs, the project's specific needs, in terms of what you can do and what you should do,” says Ståle.
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This episode's guests:
Kjetil Trædal Thorsen
Architect and Founding Partner, Snøhetta.
Executive Vice President, Skanska Group