Reloading 21st century cities with cultural energy: The transformation of gas factories into cultural hotspots in Amsterdam and Athens

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Abstract

The last decades have seen our cities affected by exponential developments, pressing for the reinvention of their physical and social environment. Heritage-led-regeneration is a key strategy employed for this transformation. The aim of this paper is to reveal the inspiring potential of industrial heritage-led-regeneration to reload the character of European cities with new cultural energy. The subject will be examined through the critical analysis of two cases of transformed gasworks: the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam and Technopolis - Gazi in Athens. The background, the decision making process and the reuse outcome of the posed examples will be discussed and linked with their physical, cultural, social and financial impact. This study provides an important opportunity to advance the understanding of the issue of industrial heritage-led-regeneration, highlighting its multiple merits while addressing related problems and challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Changing Cities III
Subtitle of host publicationSpatial, Design, Landscape & Socio-economic Dimensions
EditorsAspa Gospodini
Place of PublicationThessaloniki, Greece
PublisherGRAFIMA Publications
Pages1786-1796
ISBN (Print)978-618-5271-12-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event3rd International Conference on Changing Cities: Spatial, Design, Landscape and Socio-economic Dimensions - Syros, Syros, Greece
Duration: 26 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Changing Cities
CountryGreece
CitySyros
Period26/06/1730/06/17

Keywords

  • industrial heritage
  • Westergasfabriek
  • Technopolis
  • transformation
  • gasworks

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    Chatzi Rodopoulou, D. (2017). Reloading 21st century cities with cultural energy: The transformation of gas factories into cultural hotspots in Amsterdam and Athens. In A. Gospodini (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Changing Cities III: Spatial, Design, Landscape & Socio-economic Dimensions (pp. 1786-1796). GRAFIMA Publications.