On 23 November, the public conference “Adaptive Re-Use and Transition of the Built Heritage” took place in Leeuwarden, a European Capital of Culture 2018. In the context of the event, the participants officially adopted the Leeuwarden declaration on good practices for maintaining our built heritage.
The declaration will be a useful tool for stakeholders, in particular local and regional authorities faced with underused or abandoned heritage buildings. It was developed within the framework of the year’s Initiative 4: Heritage in Transition, but its principles will be further promoted through peer-learning activities over the course of 2019 and 2020.
The document highlights the benefits of re-using built heritage, and lists a number of basic principles to ensure quality in adaptive re-use operations/processes so as to reconcile heritage values with contemporary interventions.