Conference: Adaptive Re-Use and Transition of the Built Heritage, 23 November,Leeuwarden



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:

  • 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.


Videos and presentation will be available soon - Visit the event webpage for more information

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