In the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) is organising on Friday 23 November in Leeuwarden (The Netherlands) a public conference on Adaptive Re-Use and Transition of the Built Heritage.

With the evolution of European societies, many places in our built environment (notably industrial, religious and military sites) have lost their original function. Through smart restoration, renovation or transformation these buildings and sites can find new, mixed or extended uses. As a result, their social, environmental and economic value can increase, while their cultural or historical significance is enhanced.

Responsibility for re-imagining our built environment and heritage is shared by many stakeholders: architects, town planners, public authorities, financial institutions, owners and other built and heritage professionals. This conference will be an opportunity to bring architects and stakeholders of the heritage sector together to discuss:

  • the skills, knowledge and competences necessary for quality heritage interventions;
  • the design challenges inherent to adaptive re-use and the relationships and dialogue between heritage elements and new architectural interventions;
  • the importance of heritage in the definition of a territorial identity and its impacts on the attractiveness of places.

This event relates to the Commission's initiative on Heritage in Transition which aims to promote good practice and smart ways to transform Europe's industrial, religious and military heritage for new use(r)s.  The conference will also aims to bring together the partners of the initiative to take stock of the lessons learned over the EYCH and discuss how to build on the momentum generated by the Year for future actions in this area.

The event will be available in web-streaming on this page 

PROGRAMME

8h30 - 9h00

REGISTRATION

9h00 - 10h00

OPENING

 

§  Welcoming Word by Ferd CRONE, Mayor of Leeuwarden

§  Keynote Speech by Xander VERMEULEN WINDSANT, 2017 Winner of EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award

10h00 - 11h00

SESSION 1: SKILLS AND COMPETENCES OF HERITAGE PROFESSIONALS

 

The first session will aim to clarify key concepts (eg. heritage, conservation, adaptive re-use) and discuss the skills, knowledge and competences necessary for quality heritage interventions.

Speakers

§  Koenraad VAN CLEMPOEEL, Professor at the Hasselt University, Director of the Master Course on Adaptive Re-Use

§  Tapani MUSTONEN, Finnish architect, Member of the Europa Nostra Board

§  Prof. Wessel DE JONGE, Dutch architect, Professor on Heritage & Design at the TU Delft (tbc)

Moderator: Eugen PANESCU, Member of the ACE Executive Board

11h00 - 11h20

Coffee Break

11h20 - 13h00

SESSION 2: FINDING A RE-USE THAT FITS - A DIALOGUE BETWEEN HERITAGE AND CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE

 

The second session will aim to discuss the design challenges inherent to adaptive re-use projects and the relationships and dialogue between heritage elements and new architectural interventions.

Speakers

§  Nial McCULLOUGH, McCullough Mulvin Architects

§  Oana BOGDAN, Bogdan & Van Broeck Architects

§  Levente POLYAK, Eutropian Platform

§  Jaanus JUSS, founder and CEO of Telliskivi Creative City

§  Penne HANGELBROEK, WEST8

Moderator: Fred SCHOORL, Director of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects

13h00 - 14h00

Lunch Break 

14h00 - 15h15

SESSION 3: BUILT HERITAGE, IDENTITIES AND TERRITORIES

 

The objective of the second session will be to discuss the relationships between metropolitan areas, smaller cities, and regions, in terms territorial positioning, and how heritage contributes to the territory ownership, the definition of a territorial identity and how this impacts on the attractiveness of places.

Speakers

§  Zeljka ZGAGA, Policy Analyst in the EU Commission, DG Regional and Urban Development, Unit  "Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development"

§  Babette WINTER, State Secretary for Europe and Culture in the Thuringia State Chancellery

§  Oeds WESTERHOF, Director for the European Capital of Culture in Leeuwarden

Moderator: Georg PENDL, ACE President

15h15 - 15h45

Coffee Break

15h45 - 17h00

SESSION 4: WRAP UP OF THE "HERITAGE IN TRANSITION" INITIATIVE

 

The fourth session of the day will bring together representives from EU networks and partners of the initiative to take stock of the lessons learned over the Year and discuss how to build on the momentum of the Year. On this occasion, a Statement on the main lessons learned will be presented.

Speakers

 §  Georg PENDL, President of the Architects' Council of Europe

§  Lilian GROOTSWAGERS-THEUNS, Secretary General of Future for Religious Heritage

§  Koen van BALEN, Europa Nostra Council Member, Professor at KU Leuven

§  Drs. Hildebrand DE BOER, Board Member of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH)

§  Huibert CRIJNS, City of ‘s Hertogenbosch, European Federation of Fortified Sites (EFFORTS)

Moderator: Hughes BECQUART, EU Commission - DG Culture 

17h00

CONCLUSION

 

§  Michel MAGNIER, Director General for Culture and Creativity at DG Culture

REGISTRATION

If you wish to attend the event, please register here

Due to the limitation of the room capacity, the event attendance is on first come, first served bases. Please notice that your registration is not valid unless confirmed by an email from the ACE Secretariat. 

There is no need to register to follow the web-streaming, that will be available from the morning of the event. 

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