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A fresh breeze for the industrial heritage


- Cultural reinvigoration of vacant industrial sites: A comparative study of three European cases

A fresh breeze for the industrial heritage

Revitalising abandoned industrial heritage with a new, often cultural function, is a practice that has already been proven successful in many post-industrial countries. The Tate Modern in London, the Cable Factory in Helsinki, the Tabacalera in Madrid or Stan's Cafe in Birmingham are some well-known results of such initiatives.

However, the manifestations of this idea diverge not only in the novel roles of the renovated places, but also with respect to chosen funding models as well as in terms of relations created with the surrounding area. The following short study focuses on the two latter points. It is preceded by the core facts about the examined places.

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