Participation in the adaptive reuse of private-led heritage site: two Dutch cases

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There is increasing debate concerning citizen participation in the reuse and transformation of heritage sites—however, the question of why and how participation in private-led heritage adaptive reuse receives limited attention. The paper shows why the community plays an essential role in reusing heritage sites in the two Dutch cases. The paper is theoretically based on debates on social sustainability, community participation and adaptive reuse of heritage sites. The qualitative investigation consisted of interviews with different actors. The findings show that the adaptive reuse ambitions of the two Dutch heritage sites face difficulty in receiving the support of the local communities. The interview shows gaps in interest, expectations, and needs between the private heritage and local communities. The investigation shows that the participation of the local community is lacking, and the mutual understanding between the two is problematic. The paper suggests the multi-stakeholder processes can identify the key stakeholders and how to activate key stakeholders to collaborate with available means.
Period26 Nov 2021
Event titleInternational conference 2021 on Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development: VC-Conference program
Event typeConference
LocationNanjing, ChinaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Heritage, adaptive reuse, community participation, private-led, Dutch context