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Urban Communication Reader IV

Cities as Communicative Change Agents


Edited By erin daina mcclellan, Yongjun Shin and Curry Chandler

Today, the world is facing climate change, wealth inequality, housing crises, food shortages, mass migration, and now a global health pandemic. Cities are at the heart of both these problems and their solutions. Urban communication scholars are well-poised to examine the change initiatives that are both caused and inspired by such complex problems. This volume provides a collection of urban communication research focused on how examining change through the lens of communication provides unique processual understandings of cities as dynamic sites formed through the interplay between concrete cases and conceptual ideas. The first section, Change through Institutional Intervention, addresses how diverse societal institutions—including policy, regulation, planning, and voluntary arts—interplay with changes in our urban communities. The second section, Change in Place and through Space, explores various ways in which spaces and places are able to transform through communicative practice, specifically focusing on how space and place provide unique frames for communicating change and influencing interaction in cities. The third section, Change through Participation and Engagement, collectively draws attention to the ways that public participation and engagement are utilized in cities in ways that enhance the communication both within and about them, focusing specifically on how this happens globally in teaching and learning environments, community planning partnerships, industrial site redevelopment projects, and approaches to food sovereignty in urban agricultural initiatives.
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13. Between Visions and Realities: Testing Shared Governance in Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Heritage: GRETE SWENSEN, NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE RESEARCH (NIKU), NORWAY


13. Between Visions and Realities: Testing Shared Governance in the Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Heritage



Adaptive reuse of redundant industrial sites has become common policy in many former industrial towns, and urban living is considered an attractive lifestyle today. Transformation of industrial sites requires balancing needs for conservation, rehabilitation and development. The uniqueness of the conditions on site necessitates innovation. Adaptive reuse of cultural heritage can provide character and sense of place to the city. The two prime research questions are as follows: What are the visions for the reuse of industrial heritage in the two transformation areas? By what means and methods can central actors and user groups with vested interests in these sites influence the use of heritage to create place attachments? The study is based on a mixed use of qualitative research methods (comparative case study, focus group interviews and examination of planning documents etc.). Large urban transformation projects can take several decades to complete. It is important that plans for such areas are flexible enough to enable adjustments and improvements regularly. The paper is part of an ongoing interdisciplinary research study carried out in two former industrial sites situated in historic cities undergoing transformation (Klosterøya, Skien and Verket, Moss, Norway).

Keywords: industrial heritage, adaptive reuse, heritage policy, urban transformation, regeneration, public participation, shared governance, place attachment

Pressure on land resources for further development has made the adaptive reuse of redundant...

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