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Assessment of the perception of cultural heritage as an adaptive re-use and sustainable development strategy: Case study of Kaunas, Lithuania

Huriye Armagan Dogan (Architecture and Construction Institute, Kauno Technologijos Universitetas, Kaunas, Lithuania)

Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2044-1266

Article publication date: 10 May 2019

Issue publication date: 8 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop a model which can measure the effect of perception on the assessment of cultural heritage by analysing the façades of buildings for adaptive re-use and sustainable development strategy.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper focusses on the correlation between adaptive re-use and sustainability of cultural heritage, by analysing the invisible social context which has an impact on the establishment of adaptive re-use strategies. The method adopted included literature review and applied experiments for extending the methodology of Langston on the adaptive re-use potential model in order to establish a new tool which can be applied to cultural heritage. The assessment process followed the integrated cultural heritage management approach to identify the indicators which can be implemented on cultural heritage, and, furthermore, for the sustainability of the environment.

Findings

The results demonstrate that the perception of the society can rely on different indicators which affect people to assert an artefact as cultural heritage. Furthermore, these indicators can have an impact on the adaptive re-use strategies regarding the interaction with society. Societies’ perception should not be omitted, and they need to be integrated while evaluating and developing the strategy of adaptive re-use. Therefore, a holistic approach to this process can bring continuity and sustainability to the environment.

Originality/value

No similar prior studies on the perception of cultural heritage as an approach to adaptive re-use strategies have been carried out. Therefore, it is hoped that this model can lead and guide, and, furthermore, be adopted in other similar situations in the assessment and decision-making process of adaptive re-use.

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Citation

Dogan, H.A. (2019), "Assessment of the perception of cultural heritage as an adaptive re-use and sustainable development strategy: Case study of Kaunas, Lithuania", Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 430-443. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCHMSD-09-2018-0066

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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