Art, Industrial Heritage and Urban Space

Symposium: Cities and Change and Conflict
18-20 April 2012
Aedes Network Campus Berlin, Pfefferberg Berlin, Christinenstraße 18, 10119 Berlin

Industrial heritage sites between monument protection, urban development, creative industries and contemporary architecture.

There have always been conflicts between monument protection and contemporary architecture in the (re)use of historical buildings. Nowadays an increasing challenge is given through the demand for successful economical urban development along the (re)use of the built heritage of former industrial sites. At that creative actors and creative industries – often rejecting development objectives – are part of the transformation processes.

These four perspectives: monument protection, contemporary architecture, urban development, creative industries seem to be in conflict due to their different objectives when dealing with the industrial heritage. However, all of them are often quested for transformation processes of industrial sites all over Europe, as it can be recognized e.g. at Zeche Zollverein in Essen, Sulzer Areal in Winterthur or Liverpool etc. In all cases the question is, whether the diverse perspectives do have a common ground on which an careful change and (re)use of the industrial heritage can be established?

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