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Sustaining architectural heritage: Japan and Finland


Bell, EK, Sustaining architectural heritage: Japan and Finland, Proceedings of the 24th World Congress of Architecture (UIA2011), 25 September - 1 October 2011, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 359-364. (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper considers the conservation, preservation and adaptive reuse strategies employed by two visionary companies in the re-invigoration of two fading industrial communities – Naoshima in Japan and Fiskars Village in Finland – into ‘living’ communities of local industries and cultural tourism. In Naoshima, the in-part philanthropic efforts of the Benesse Corporation have since 1985 resulted in the physical, cultural and economic renewal of the island. Construction of museums and hotels designed by Tadao Ando, a significant open-air sculpture program, and the re-making of several modest traditional houses into permanent art works, inspired significant renewal of the existing built fabric and provided new employment opportunities to reverse population decline. In Finland, strategic efforts by the Fiskars Corporation resulted in the reinvigoration of the 17th century Fiskars Village through attracting a new creative cultural capital, under the motto of ‘A Living Ironworks Village.’ Naoshima and Fiskars Village serve as exemplars for sustaining architectural heritage and community life in non-urban settings.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural design
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Bell, EK (Dr Eugenie Keefer Bell)
ID Code:94842
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2014-09-18
Last Modified:2014-11-03

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