Jasna Cizler

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Abstract. The aim of this research was to examine the role of creative and civil initiatives in the transformation of former industrial sites in the Czech Republic, to indicate positive effects of this approach, as well as to identify limitations and offer recommendations. Research is based on two hypotheses. Based on the evidence of monuments left to decay, being demolished or inadequately used by dominantly commercial interests, the first hypothesis is that the complexity of the re-use of heritage requires new, innovative approaches. Second hypothesis is that, since the creative use of former industrial sites can contribute to the city and its residents trough several significant aspects, it should play a more important role in urban planning and heritage management. This paper is a result of the qualitative research based on observation of the phenomenon of the activation of former industrial buildings and establishing the relationship with theoretical concepts.

Key words: urban regeneration, identity, community, public

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