What a treat! Urban Ghosts has a fantastic article on façadism – the practice of reusing building facades (yes, we learned something new too). They also have killer photos – don’t miss it!
Façadism refers to the practice of maintaining the front walls of an historical building while demolishing its internal structure, roof and less notable external walls to make room for a newer building that satisfies current demand and specifications.
While some of these developments are sympathetic to the original host structure, others stand several floors taller and boast what are intended to be neutral reflective walls. As such, façadism is seen by many as a compromise between preservation and demolition.