Policy Briefs

Policy Brief #01

Adaptive Heritage Reuse: Learning from policy and governance frameworks across Europe

December 2020

Adaptive heritage reuse is becoming more and more common as a way to care for heritage assets, and a sustainable way of recycling their material aspects, whilst also engaging with their immaterial, narrative, and emotive qualities. Our analysis of heritage and planning systems across Europe, identifies how adaptive heritage reuse projects can be facilitated or frustrated by regulatory systems. We have also identified relevant policies and tools that support adaptove heritage reuse. We hope to inspire change in favour of adaptibe heritage reuse and help develop more sustainable governance models for heritage reuse in Europe.

Authors: Loes Veldpaus (Newcastle University); Olga Krajewska, Jasmin Miah (ICLEI Europe); Hanna Szemzö (MRI)

Policy Brief #02

Collaborative Heritage Reuse: Enabling strong partnerships

March 2021

 Adaptive heritage reuse is a complex undertaking and involves various stakeholders. The variety of actors involved presents a challenge as well as an opportunity. NGOs, local communities, public bodies, private investors, heritage professionals and others all have different interests and priorities and it is not easy to reach consensus. At the same time, coming together to form effective and efficient partnerships for adaptibe heritage reuse can yield many benefits and create sustainable and vital cultural spaces within our cities and for our communities. We hope to inspire actors to embrace collaborations across fields by providing examples of different partnership models as well as clear and applicable recommendations for their implementation.

Authors: Dóra Mérai (CEU), Jasmin Miah (ICLEI Europe), Bahanur Nasya (Eutropian), Hanna Szemző (MRI)

Policy Brief #03

Financing the adaptive reuse of cultural heritage: Enabling complementary financing instruments for bottom-up initiatives

November 2021

Financing the adaptive reuse of cultural heritage is a challenging undertaking and requires
the orchestration of complementary funding sources to cover both renovation and
operational costs. This Policy Brief has been developed from the perspective of bottom-up
initiatives active in areas, where fundraising efforts tend to face particular barriers. Although
heritage regeneration is often seen as a heavy bill someone has to pay, adaptive reuse
projects can become dynamic value generators for surrounding areas and their communities.
We hope to inspire public and private actors to embrace mixed approaches by providing
examples of different financing models as well as clear and applicable recommendations
for their implementation.

Authors: Andrea Tönkő (MRI), Hanna Szemző (MRI), Rolf Novy-Huy (Stifting trias),
Joep de Roo (Eurodite), Stephania Xydia (ICLEI)

Contributors: Loes Veldpaus (Newcastle University), Martin Hulse (TWBPT)