Communities with areas in decline have embraced the concept of adaptive reuse to restore historic buildings and reclaim their decaying or abandoned urban landscape. Such projects involve salvaging as much of the existing building material as possible and re-purposing it in new ways to make the most of the “good bones” of existing structures. This is a more cost-effective approach than razing entire blocks and rebuilding from scratch.
Adaptive reuse of land is no different. The use of an eMSE system to provide an alternative cap system when closing an old landfill or a structural fill to transform a blighted area into an oasis for people to enjoy is a wonderful outcome. Any adaptive land reuse requires infrastructure development to create a more efficient use of space.