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On this site, you can find examples for adaptive heritage reuse collected by interested people from all over the world, and you can also contribute with your own items. You can browse among the heritage sites on a map, by items, or in thematic collections. You can search among the sites by tags or keywords based on location, function, or any other aspect. You can also explore the thematic tours we offer based on the contributions. Registered users can also comment on any item.

How to submit your own contribution? 

  1. Select the heritage site you would like to introduce.
  2. Check if it is already in the collection. You can search by keyword and you can double-check it on the map.
  3. If you cannot find it, add it to the collection by clicking on Contribute an Item.

Please fill in as many fields as you can.

  • Name of the site: give a name how the site is known, e.g. Ganz Factory. You can also provide an
  • Alternative name, e.g. Foundry Museum

Please, provide the precise

  • Settlement name
  • Address, and
  • URL so that we can identify the site.

We offered some suggestions for the

  • Original function and
  • Current function, but you can add further options too. If it is a combination of more functions, add more than one term. 
  • Date of the construction: you can indicate more than one date or period if there were several phases of construction. 

We ask you to briefly present the site, and its current operation in separate field.

If you would like to share your observations, impressions, experiences during your visit, please do it in the next box. If you have a photo album you would like to share, e.g. on flickr.com or Instagram, you can add a link here. 

  • Your Name: you can use your own name or a chosen nickname as well. 

You can upload one photo of the site. Please, also provide

  • the Source of the photo, either it was taken by you or someone else, as well as if you downloaded it from a website. You can also add the year when the photo was taken in case you know it.

 Finally, please, provide your

  • e-mail address. It will not be visible on the website.

Find the geographic location of the site. Do not to use any special characters, just letters from the English alphabet, otherwise the system will reject your entire submission with an error message.

Then check the reCAPTCHA and the web-publication boxes. In case you want to have Anonymous instead of your name or nickname in the official reference for the item, check that box too (e.g. Anonymous, “Ganz Factory, Budapest,” Heritage Reuse – Old Buildings with New Life, accessed February 23, 2019, http://crowdsourcingheritage.net/items/show/53.). However, please note that your name or nickname will still appear at the item on the website. 

Please, also check that you have read the Terms and Conditions.

After this, you can submit your item by clicking on Contribute. 

The editors of the site will publish your contribution after checking it; they might also add some missing details, so don't worry about making a mistake. 

If you register for the site, you can immediately see all your contributions. By registering, you can also comment on any item; as comments you can also add more information to your own items.


What is the aim of this project?

The project aims to invite everyone to collect, share and discuss examples for adaptive re-use of heritage sites, in order to identify successful methods and best practices from all over the world. 

What is a heritage site?

Our understanding of heritage goes beyond the officially protected monuments; we consider heritage sites all those which play an important role in the life or identity of any community, either at a local, regional, national, or supranational level. 

What is (and what is not) adaptive heritage re-use?

Adaptive reuse is finding a new use for a building, a complex, or a site, by respecting and preserving its original fabric, spaces, and operation. It is not the mere conservation or re-utilization but rather the revitalization of the site by finding new functions and creating new communities around it. The adaptive reuse of a site leads to a new phase of its life, makes the site relevant for the present and opens up new perspectives for its future. 

Who are the initiators and contributors of this project?

The project was created by researchers in the Cultural Heritage Studies Program at Central European University, inspired by the OpenHeritage project.The contributors are anyone interested in old buildings and questions related to heritage, urban development, sustainability, be them travelers, local historians, web surfers, or professionals. 

How will this information be used?

The collections and discussion will serve as a material for academic research, education, tourists’ routes, inspiration for policymakers, for businesses, or simply for entertainment of anyone interested in such sites.