Concrete Heritage

Industry - Inclusion - Intervention

Managing the traces of the past in the present is a complex business. Complexity only grows when dealing with industrial heritage – the leftovers of modernity, reminders of a not so distant past, often situated in or near cities amidst recurring urban change, redevelopment and gentrification. Industrial harbours and maritime ports constitute prime examples of such processes. Port areas need to adapt and reconfigure design and infrastructure, in ways that alter the identity of discontinued dockland areas and create new possibilities for historic architecture falling out of use.

In some cities, former industrial complexes are transformed into fashionable residential areas, recreational zones or cultural institutions as part of large-scale redevelopment plans. Such processes provoke a number of questions regarding not only the future of these sites, but also the future of their pasts.

This seminar seeks to explore a number of these issues by focusing on potentials and problematics of industrial heritage more generally, while offering The Port of Aarhus – a major industrial space currently undergoing major transformations – as a site for exploration. Part of the discussion will revolve around initiatives seeking to make use of Aarhus’ rich port heritage for interventions and public engagements in connection with the city’s preparation for 2017, when Aarhus will be European Capital of Culture.