Making Place for Heritage Activation in Urban Heritage Management: The Social Production of Heritage at Post-Industrial Waterfronts

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


The social production of heritage is manifested through citizens’ active participation in valuing and preservation of their historic urban landscapes. The practice of urban heritage management, however, seems insufficiently developed for capturing the distinctiveness of a place, including its social and experiential values, as well as concerning its functional dimensions (Taylor, 2016). Despite a recent call for an improvement of informal tools of design governance, within the integrated urban design and management apparatus (e.g. Carmona 2018), capturing socio-cultural meanings that citizens ascribe to historical sites in urban contexts remains a significant challenge (Angrisano et al., 2017).

Combining media and technologies can support social production of heritage by creating ‘infrastructures’ that facilitate cultural production with lasting values (Giaccardi and Palen, 2008).
Drawing on the examples of the bottom-up, participative process of the co-creation of the socially shared knowledge, concerning the cultural heritage of the Gdansk Shipyard (Kosmala and Sebastyanski, 2013), the paper explores how the citizen’s engagement in this process, including activism, volunteerism and socially engaged art, contributes to the overall understanding of its neglected sites, vernacular spaces and industrial ruins.
Period30 Aug 2020
Event titleACHS 2020 FUTURES - Association of Critical
Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference: Futures
Event typeConference
LocationLondon , United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Heritage
  • regeneration
  • placemaking
  • activation
  • futures