In the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) organised 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:
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 brought 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.
On this occasion, a Declaration supported by the European Federation of Fortified Sites (EFFORTS), the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH), Europa Nostra, and Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) was presented.
The Declaration recalls that the adaptive re-use of our built heritage brings multiple benefits to individuals and the society, for present and future generations. Through smart renovation and transformation, the social, environmental and economic values of heritage sites can be increased, while their cultural significance is enhanced. Such projects also contribute to the regeneration of the urban fabric and the attractiveness of areas.
Adaptive re-use projects bring about many challenges. The Declaration underlines that processes that favour and ensure flexibility with respect to regulatory framework and standards, participation of citizens, quality-based procurement, multidisciplinary teams working in a collaborative manner, financial viability and good story-telling can contribute to successful projects in the long term.
As recalled in the Davos Declaration, “cultural heritage is a crucial component of high-quality Baukultur”. The adaptation of our built heritage to the needs of our time through new high-quality architectural interventions can help to meet the challenges expressed in the Davos Declaration and achieve high-quality Baukultur in Europe. What our generation creates today is the heritage of tomorrow.
Download the Leeuwarden Declaration here
Xander VERMEULEN WINDSANT, Winner of 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award
Koenraad VAN CLEMPOEEL, Professor at the Hasselt University, Director of the Master Course on Adaptive Reuse
Tapani MUSTONEN, Architect, Europa Nostra's Board Member
Wessel de JONGE, Architect, Professor of Heritage & Design at TU Delft
Ronan O’CONNOR, McCullough Mulvin Architects
Oana BOGDAN, Bogdan & Van Broeck Architects
Penne HANGELBROEK, Architects, WEST8
Levente POLYAK, Eutropian Platform
Jaanus JUSS, Founder and CEO, Telliskivi Creative City
Oeds WESTERHOF, Director for the European Capital of Culture in Leeuwarden
|Zeljka ZGAGA, DG REGIO, Policy Analyst Unit|
|Babette WINTER, State Secretary for Europe and Culture in the Thuringia State chancellery|
|Hughes BECQUART, DG Culture, "Creative Europe"Unit, Policy Officer|
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)
City of ‘s Hertogenbosch, European Federation of Fortified Sites (EFFORTS)
President of the Architects' Council of Europe
|Michel MAGNIER, Director General for Culture and Creativity at DG Culture|