The main goal of this article is to illustrate an educational learning process aiming at the awareness of the historical and heritage values in the transformation of former industrial canal zones. These are referred to as the abandoned factory buildings and areas along watercourses which have made many places at the edge of a consolidated urban structure quite distinctive. They are vital sites to which memory is attached and have unique architectural expressions. Former industrial sites are not ordinary and plain as they are commonly perceived, but represent a precious heritage that we need to keep standing and whose integrity is to be protected. This paper will address the three years’ experience of parallel architectural design studios, workshops and seminars developed by the Faculty of Architecture at Eindhoven University of Technology. The courses focused on the specific case of the B5canal zones, namely the five Dutch cities of Eindhoven, Helmond, ‘s Hertogenbosch, Tilburg and Breda, located in the southern region of the country named Brabant (from which B5 derives). A former industrial canal area characterizes each city and none of the municipalities has a specific strategy on their transformation. These canals, dug at the end of 1800 and highly active until 1960s, are connected to each other and are characterized by industrial buildings of heritage value that have different scales and architectural styles. On the one hand, the courses are intended to increase the students’ sensitivity in revealing the characteristics and values of industrial buildings/areas as well as the environmental awareness about their role as a source of local identity. On the other hand, the courses showed that the students had acquired a new ‘mentality’ on this topic which led them to more attentive design explorations. Therefore, the students reappraised the existing situation and further exploited its potential through the projects of reuse. During the three-year period representatives of the five Municipalities, from the local heritage institution and also from the Province, were actively involved in the learning process. They shared their professional competence with the students, thus contributing to design more thoughtful projects and make the results both conceptually and pragmatically more valuable. The author will illustrate the educational process undertaken during the courses, pointing out successes, failures and adjustments occurred while striving to achieve the above-mentioned goals. The outcome of the courses will be regarded as ‘raw material’ to reflect on the education for sustainable development as the combination of theory and practice. The final aim is to educate the new generation of architects not only in enhancing heritage values but also to disseminate the knowledge of sustainable design in their professional field. The collaboration between University and Public Institutions as experienced in these three years proved beneficial to both parties, beyond formal architectural education.
|Title of host publication||Heritage 2012, 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, 19-22 June 2012, Barcelos, Portugal|
|Editors||R. Amoeda, S. Lira, C. Pinhero|
|Place of Publication||Barcelos, Portugal|
|Publisher||Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development (HERITAGE 2012), June 19-22, 2012, Porto, Portugal - Porto, Portugal|
Duration: 19 Jun 2012 → 22 Jun 2012
|Conference||3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development (HERITAGE 2012), June 19-22, 2012, Porto, Portugal|
|Abbreviated title||HERITAGE 2012|
|Period||19/06/12 → 22/06/12|
|Other||Heritage 2012, rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development|
Curulli, G. I. (2012). Industrial Heritage : awareness and sustainable design in architectural education : the former industrial canal zones of B5, The Netherlands. In R. Amoeda, S. Lira, & C. Pinhero (Eds.), Heritage 2012, 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, 19-22 June 2012, Barcelos, Portugal (Vol. 2, pp. 1599-1608). Barcelos, Portugal: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development.