research question: “What are the implications of processes of ‘heritage making’ having gone from exclusive and expert-led towards inclusive, connected to on-the-ground players and reflecting values of local communities, especially for the place of expert knowledge and the content of academic curriculums?”
Following a Design Research Methodology and using a sustainist lens, in 2015-2016 we looked at ‘heritage’ as a future-focused and value-imbued design process. The starting point was how communities nowadays are forming their own agendas with regard to the future of their physical environments, which may include, or lead to, heritage values. In several multidisciplinary, on-site and design-oriented labs/workshops, we scrutinized contemporary practices of placemaking, ‘commons’, and co-creative governance. We found valuable indicators for the importance of considering heritage sites and issues as platforms, with a particular role for dramaturgies. In a second iteration (2017-2018) we engage with several localized issues (cases, situations) where place/locus, community/people and program/value have variously been defined.
partners: Gordion Cultureel Advies, SustainismLab