Heritage management and spatial planning; the case of Stolwijkersluis

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The introduction of the Dutch policy-document Belvedere Memorandum (1999) resulted in increasing attention for the relation between heritage management and spatial planning among policy-makers, professionals and researchers. The main objective is that cultural identity is to be seen as a determining factor in the future spatial design of the Netherlands. It is aiming at a new balance between preservation of heritage and new spatial claims through the motto conservation through development. Especially in areas that are both characterized by high spatial dynamics and high historic values, there are great challenges for planners and designers to combine spatial claims (for example urbanization, nature development, water management) with the wish to conserve the past. Planning and designing with heritage as a starting point first needs a valuation of the historic elements that are present in the planning area. This valuation is a problem in itself as historic values can be formulated from different perspectives. There are `objective¿ criteria, like uniqueness and intactness of elements and structures. But valuation also needs to consider `subjective¿ criteria of policy-makers and individuals that are involved in the future development of the area. New forms of cooperation are required to bring together these different perceptions of historic values. An interactive approach is often promoted, also because the complexity of the problem requires different types of knowledge to realize feasible and consensual plans. Guidelines for this new institutional and spatial assignment are not yet present. Designing and planning in relation to heritage management mostly takes place through trial and error. In the last few years experiences have been gained through a number of projects. One of them, the project Integral Development Stolwijkersluis, can be seen as an exemplary case study for spatial planning based on the principle of heritage management. The project deals with the future of the sluice `Stolwijkersluis¿ and the meaning of this sluice as cultural link between the town center of Gouda and the southern urban-rural fringe which is the entrance to the open historic landscape of the polder Krimpenerwaard. The direct environment of the sluice is subject to a lot of discussion as a new road is planned through the area influencing the open character of the landscape. Through an interactive approach the project aims at determining innovative solutions for the development of the area in which the restoration of the sluice and the historic values of the surrounding area (polder and village community) take a central position. The paper reflects on the several ways in which heritage management and spatial planning can be combined. Furthermore, the results of the project Stolwijkersluis will be summarized and discussed to the background of these reflections.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe dream of a GREATER Europe. Book of abstracts 2005 AESOP congress, Vienna, Austria, 13-17 July 2005
EditorsA. Voigt, A. Kanonier
Place of PublicationVienna (Austria)
PublisherVienna Univ.of Technology/Osterreich. Kunst-und Kulturverlag
ISBN (Print)9783854372783
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event19th AESOP congress -
Duration: 13 Jul 200517 Jul 2005


Conference19th AESOP congress

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