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2018-07-10 - Colloque/Abstract - Anglais - 1 page(s)

Cenci Jeremy , Debailleux Laurent , "Recycling industrial built heritage... "A material opportunity"" in Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Innovation, Cohesion 2018, Timisoara, Roumanie, 2018

  • Codes CREF : Géographie urbaine (DI147A), Aménagement du territoire (DI1473)
  • Unités de recherche UMONS : Projets, Ville et Territoire (A520)
  • Instituts UMONS : Institut des Sciences et du Management des Risques (Risques)
  • Centres UMONS : Urbanisation Revitalisation Bâtiment Architecture Innovations Espaces (URBAINE)

Abstract(s) :

(Anglais) The economic crises of recent decades have resulted in the appearance across the country of numerous brownfield sites. In order to remain resilient, and with a view to urban regeneration, the country will need to make strategic decisions in terms of the preservation, conversion or destruction of industrial relicts. Reuse of industrial sites in the context of urban planning is an encouraged practice which is mainly justified by social and economic reasons. Maintaining some iconic remains of the past is an usage that also helps to make a progressive transition between the past and a new developpement of the area. However, when built heritage is concerned, such pratice is hardly justifiable as heritage conservation must integrate the environment as a whole, that is to say, the buildings and the site layout. For the most amblematic industrial heritage sites, their conservation is not called into question. We are thinking, non-exhaustively, of the preservation of certain symbolic elements of industrial architecture in numerous countries of north-western Europe like Ruhr region (Emscher Park), Haut-de-France Region and the Beval site in Luxembourg. However, many abandoned sites, concidered as built industrial heritage, far less impressive but ubiquitous in the landscapes, will never be rescued from oblivion. The reuse of those cankers is a major challenge for decision-makers since decades. On the other hand, demolition waste treatment as well as soil decontamination are two important and expensive operations which may discourage investors. In addition, at decisional and operational levels, it can be observed that efforts are made to reduice demolition and construction wastes in a perspective of circular economy.