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Policy Brief #01: Adaptive Heritage Reuse: Learning from policy and governance frameworks across Europe

In this Policy Brief, we present recommendations for policy makers, heritage officers, and planners, at national and sub-national levels of government. These recommendations aim to support the implementation of adaptive heritage reuse projects. The recommendations are based on our work in the OpenHeritage project and in particular our reports on policy and the governance dialogue.

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 adaptive heritage reuse. We hope to inspire change in favour of adaptive heritage reuse and help develop more sustainable governance models for heritage reuse in Europe.