Declaration on the adaptive reuse of built heritage adopted

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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.

It was presented within the framework of the “Adaptive Re-Use and Transition of the Built Heritage” conference, organised by the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE). The text is also supported by the Europa NostraFuture of Religious Heritage (FRH), and the European Federation of Fortified Sites (EFFORTS).

The complete text can be found on the website of the Architects’ Council of Europe.

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