The OpenHeritage Database is a handy tool for finding information and examples about how to reuse old buildings. It offers an overview of heritage reuse policies and practices across Europe.
It looks at heritage reuse policies and regulations in a lot of different European countries, and it also looks at more than 20 local projects that used heritage resources. The database helps people understand how the legal and institutional frameworks that apply to adaptive reuse are actually used in the real world.
The OpenHeritage Database has information about:
16 Observatory Cases, containing background information about the heritage sites and their local contexts as well as a full explanation of the reuse process in the form of a timeline.
6 Heritage Labs located in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the UK, in which diverse management and financing tools and models are tested as a part of the OpenHeritage project.
15 Policy Reports, including information about heritage and planning policies as well as institutional and regulatory contexts in fifteen European countries.
But that’s not all! If the database users are interested in a specific topic related to heritage reuse, like crowdfunding and other financing tools, they can select it from the broad list of categories and keywords at the top of the page. All users have to do is drag & drop the chosen keywords into a specific place and wait for the right material to appear up.
The database includes 10 main categories, like Community, Resources, Policies or Functions today, and over 50 keywords, like #co-ownership or #alternative funding.
In addition, there are many visual materials in the database, like pictures, videos and maps, which nicely illustrate the collected information on Heritage reuse. And for those interested to dive deeper into the topic, there are many additional resources and outputs linked in the database.