Predicting and preparing for future impacts may be the greenest approach to preservation we’ve seen.
The historic seaside town of Mantoloking, located on the scenic Barnegat Peninsula, has long been a gem of coastal New Jersey. A province of charming shingle-style cottages, the town boasts two districts that have been named eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, which include homes designed by Stanford White of McKim, Mead, and White.
When Hurricane Sandy tore through the town in October 2012, however, more than 90 percent of Mantoloking’s buildings were damaged or destroyed.
Could this kind of wholesale devastation have been predicted or prevented? And could historic buildings and their immediate contexts have been protected? These are the central questions surrounding a relatively new way of thinking about preservation and sustainability called “future proofing.” The term is similar to the hot-button concept of resiliency in that it is an attempt to understand the threats and changes that are facing our existing building stock, not just now but well into the future, and to minimize their negative impacts.
Read the Full Story HERE >>>> via AIAfeature: Future Proofing the Past – Architect Magazine.