UCL Urban Laboratory


Adaptive reuse of industrial heritage in Europe and Korea

27 March 2017–28 March 2017, 4:30 pm–4:30 pm

Adaptive reuse of industrial heritage in Europe and Korea

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UCL Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre and IOE Nunn Hall, Bloomsbury, London

The city of Gwangmyeong, South Korea, is emerging from the shadow of its neighbour Seoul, to become one of the country's most promising cities. This represents a remarkable change for the traditionally mining-orientated city that had been relegated to the status of a satellite for Seoul. The seminal point of development of the city was the conversion of the abandoned mining site into a public park. This project has energised the city for socio-economic progress by attracting national and international tourists and entrepreneurs.

This urban regeneration symposium - organised by Dr Jeong Hoo Kim (UCL Geography) - will focus on industrial heritage-led regeneration in Europe and Korea, bringing together academics and urban professionals to discuss how the built environment of the city becomes sustainable by maximising the potential of industrial heritage.

Industrial heritage consists of the remains of industrial culture, which are of architectural, social and technological value. The adaptive reuse of industrial heritage involves the conversion of an industrial site, building or precinct from its former use to a new one. This plays a key role in realising sustainable urban regeneration because it gives renewed life to a site, building or precinct. However, management of abandoned industrial heritage is a difficult task requiring complex cooperation between the government and local community as well as collaboration of policy makers, planners, architects and designers. Therefore, this event will aim to highlight the contribution of the adaptive reuse of industrial heritage to urban regeneration by focusing on several successful cases and major policies in Europe and Korea.


  • Day 1 / 27 March 2017, UCL Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre, 25 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AY (map and directions)

17:00 Introduction by Jeong Hoo Kim (Chair of the Symposium)

17:15 Welcome Speech by Gi Dae Yang (Mayor of Gwangmyeong)

17:30 Keynote by Ian Morrison (Architectural Heritage Fund): "Industrial Heritage and Sustainable Reuse"

18:15 Keynote by Peter Bishop (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL): "Learning from London: The King's Cross Regeneration"

19:00-19.30 Discussion

  • Day 2 / 28 March 2017, Nunn Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, (map and directions)

09:30 Registration

10:00 Introduction

10:10 Victoria Wägner (Publica): "Studying Industrial Buildings and Spaces"

10:40 Caroline Donnellan (Boston University Global Programs): "Tate Modern: A Museum Model in Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Heritage"

11:40 Lunch

13:00 Bella Dicks (Cardiff University): "Lessons from a South Wales Coal Mine Case"

14:00 Aylin Orbasli (Oxford Brookes University): "Heritage-led Regeneration"

15:00 Coffee break

15:10 Gi Dae Yang (Mayor of Gwangmyeong): "The Creation of Urban Regeneration Park in the City of Gwangmyeong, Korea"

16:10-16:30 Discussion