What measures could be taken to revitalize the maintenance and conservation of our built environment? A group of researchers proposes expanding the definition of cultural heritage, restructuring planning processes, and rethinking who will be involved in this care. They present a compendium documenting the findings of an EU-funded project which was carried out in six different countries. Open Heritage’s ambition is to organize, promote, and enable continued community-driven use of buildings. To this end the protagonists developed a kit of tools and tested them at six sites, each with distinct characteristics. The report – which delineates a path toward the renewal of the ways and means employed to sustain our built environment – is addressed to local stakeholders, design professionals, researchers, and policy-makers.
Federica Fava, Assistant Professor, Roma Tre University
Gabu Heindl, Architect, Vienna / Uni Kassel
Maik Novotny, Journalist, Vienna
Levente Polyák, Community Advocate, Eutropian, Budapest
Heike Oevermann, Head Professor at the Chair of Heritage Conservation, TU Vienna
Hanna Szemzo, Sociologist, Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest
Heike Oevermann, Levente Polyák, Hanna Szemzo, Harald A. Mieg (Eds.), Open Heritage. Community-Driven Adaptive Reuse in Europe: Best Practice, Basel: Birkhäuser 2023