Cities as Communicative Change Agents
Edited By erin daina mcclellan, Yongjun Shin and Curry Chandler
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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