Brookline's Preservation Planner Tina McCarthy recently received a technical assistance grant from MAPC, our regional planning agency, to assess the Deconstruction and Building Materials Reuse industry in the Boston metropolitan region. Tina described in her January 2020 article published in the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development that "The benefits of replacing demolition with deconstruction extend beyond the preservation of materials alone. Applying critical heritage theories to deconstruction practice addresses challenging issues in the discipline, such as mutability of heritage objects and equity in heritage practice. Deconstruction redefines the concept of death in the built environment, harnessing its energy to serve the heritage goals of memory, revival and sustainable community development." While other regions of the country have a more developed reuse industry, the Boston area is catching up.
Last week Tina McCarthy was able to make some connections with regional Circular Economy research labs through virtual attendance at this year's Build Reuse conference and will be bringing back best practices to this region's municipalities via future roundtable events and policy development hosted by MAPC. Utilizing regional partners enables us to provide a leadership role in the intersection of preservation, sustainability, and economic development.
- Kara Brewton
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