06/21/2010 09:27 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Seven Recycled Architecture Public Places (PHOTOS)

Tearing down old structures to build new green designs in their place often consumes many more resources than simply working with existing architecture. The most sustainable construction comes from taking existing establishments and turning them into new useful assets for the community.

Here are seven awesome projects that have upcycled old and neglected architecture into new public places:

Redesigning Public Space