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Sustaining architectural heritage: Japan and Finland

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posted on 2023-05-23, 09:21 authored by Bell, EK
This paper considers the conservation, preservation and adaptive reuse strategies employed by two visionary companies in the re-invigoration of two fading industrial communities – Naoshima in Japan and Fiskars Village in Finland – into ‘living’ communities of local industries and cultural tourism. In Naoshima, the in-part philanthropic efforts of the Benesse Corporation have since 1985 resulted in the physical, cultural and economic renewal of the island. Construction of museums and hotels designed by Tadao Ando, a significant open-air sculpture program, and the re-making of several modest traditional houses into permanent art works, inspired significant renewal of the existing built fabric and provided new employment opportunities to reverse population decline. In Finland, strategic efforts by the Fiskars Corporation resulted in the reinvigoration of the 17th century Fiskars Village through attracting a new creative cultural capital, under the motto of ‘A Living Ironworks Village.’ Naoshima and Fiskars Village serve as exemplars for sustaining architectural heritage and community life in non-urban settings.


Publication title

Proceedings of the 24th World Congress of Architecture (UIA2011)




School of Architecture and Design

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24th World Congress of Architecture (UIA2011)

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Tokyo, Japan

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Expanding knowledge in built environment and design

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