Adaptive reuse helps foster a sense of continuity in the everchanging urban fabric. However, this is not a new concept, but one that has been evolving over the centuries. The Romans were known for repurposing their amphitheaters. As the Empire declined, some amphitheaters were transformed into fortified structures to protect from invading forces. The amphitheater in Arles, France, is one such example, converted into a shelter and a fortress. Encircling over 200 houses, the structure transformed into a town.
In more recent times, adaptive reuse projects are proving to be significantly beneficial in enabling a more sustainable approach. Conventional demolition and new construction consume vast amounts of energy and resources, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and depleting natural reserves. Such demolitions and new constructions have been hugely prevalent since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. As the importance of sustainability and preserving started getting a lot of (due) recognition, adaptive reuse and minimizing wastage in construction has made a resurgence.