The old, the pure, and the quirky: Contested heritage values in the urban redevelopment of the Carlsberg breweries in Copenhagen

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Creating new urban futures for post-industrial sites presents multiple challenges to European societies. It implies assessing the existing sites – their layered meanings, uses, materialities and roles in the city – and requires us to make several choices about heritage values. This paper presents a case study of the brewery of Carlsberg in Copenhagen, and how it is transformed during urban redevelopment. The author presents the initial plan, shows how things did not go quite as imagined (when do they ever?) and illuminates a gap between the experts and new public users’ perception of the site. Acknowledging that neither heritage nor aesthetics are absolute values, the article calls for more open and adaptive ways of transforming industrial sites.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA critical biographical approach of Europe’s past
EditorsDirk Callebaut
PublisherProvinciebestuur Oost-Vlaanderen p/a Jozef Dauwe
Publication dateDec 2016
ISBN (Print)9789074311892
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
EventConference Ename Oudenaarde - The Provincial Heritage Center Ename, Ename, Belgium
Duration: 28 Nov 201429 Nov 2014


ConferenceConference Ename Oudenaarde
LocationThe Provincial Heritage Center Ename

Bibliographical note

The Finissage colloquium “A critical biographical approach of Europe’s Past” was held in Ename and Oudenaarde on 28 and 29 November 2014. It was part of the EU project “Cradles of European Culture” (CEC) and constituted the closing event of the exhibition ”The Legacy of Charlemagne 814–2014” in the Provincial Heritage Center Ename.

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