EAA 2021 Widening horizons

Compensation in architecture and archaeology

On compensation as a concept, method, and professional practice

Scholars from Aalto University, Chalmers University of Technology, Kulturlandskapet, National Technical University and Tampere University have proudly joined forces in organizing a session on compensation in architecture and archaelolgy at 27th Annual meeting of EAA within the global objective “Widening Horizons”.

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Session # 140: Compensation in Architecture and Archaeology – On Compensation as a Concept, Method, and Professional Practice

This session focuses on compensation as a concept, method, and professional practice in the transformation of cultural environments. Compensation represents a significant challenge reflected in a myriad of environmental laws and in local policies. The concept has many definitions and, from a planning perspective, can be defined as overall demands, specific measures, actions and changes of design taken in order to appease criticism.

The transformation of environments can be approached from two main perspectives. On the one hand, there is a risk of negative impacts on cultural heritage when exploitation interests are in power. Project developers, reinforced by political interests, can ignore the values and architectural qualities of cultural heritage in places subject to exploitation. A protected milieu, thus, can be perceived as an obstacle for to development rather than a common resource of public interest. On the other hand, there have been calls for a rethinking of compensation as means to recreate and safeguard cultural and architectural values and qualities affected by developments. In such approaches, how can issues related respect for the history and protection of cultural heritage, be combined with a reconstruction of the values associated with and the adaptive re-use of buildings?

This session calls for a multidisciplinary approach to compensation. How should it be understood as a concept, method, and practice by architects, architectural conservators, and archaeologists. The session welcomes papers discussing compensation as (a) a part of the measures and functions aimed at restoring lost cultural values and architectural qualities, (b) conservation and protection through rules and regulations in city plans and urban planning, (c) requirements for design of new buildings, (d) tools and methods for balancing interests between exploitation and preservation and (e) problem solving approaches to modify proposals that impact cultural environments.


For abstracts in session 140 Compensation in Architecture and Archaeology – On Compensation as a Concept, Method, and Professional Practice, click here.

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