Reuse, Redevelop and Design, How the Dutch Deal With Heritage

What to do with historical structures in urban settings that have lost their original function? This question is especially pertinent in contexts where there is an urgent need to revitalize historical inner cities due to urban decay, as a result of over- or underdevelopment. One solution is adaptive reuse, an expertise which the Netherlands in general and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) in particular have developed through many years of practical experience. The Embassy of the Netherlands has a longstanding relationship with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, and for many years cooperates in the field of shared cultural heritage in Indonesia. 

With the book ‘Reuse, Redevelop and Design. How the Dutch Deal with Heritage’ and a travelling exhibition that was on display at the Erasmus Huis early this year, the Shared Cultural Heritage program of the RCE aims to share this knowledge and to learn from its national and international partners about their own experiences with adaptive reuse. In the newest edition of the book, 20 inspiring examples of adaptive reuse are depicted including the LocHal in Tilburg,  the Burgerweeshuis in Amsterdam and the monastry Mariënhage in Eindhoven. We hope that this source of inspiration will inspire Indonesian architects, investors and agencies to reuse, redevelop and design the many heritage buildings in Indonesia.

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