19 February 2019

New documentary: ‘How the Dutch Deal with Heritage’

A new documentary explores the Dutch experience of adapting built heritage to current needs.

'Waanders in de Broeren in het centrum van Zwolle in de Broerenkerk' (photo: G.Lanting / licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0).

The Dutch experience

The documentary tells about the Dutch experience of adapting built heritage to current needs. The Dutch experience not only differs in the large amount of examples, but also in the range and number of creative solutions in design, in financial constructions and in combining public, private and civic interests. Furthermore, the Dutch heritage authorities are very cooperative in the redevelopment process. 

In this documentary, Dutch experts talk about the Dutch experience with adaptive reuse and share examples. Paul Meurs and Marinke Steenhuis, the authors of the book ‘Reuse, Redevelop and Design: How the Dutch Deal with heritage’, give an overview of the Dutch experiences in the field of adaptive reuse. Susan Lammers, director general of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, explains the facilitating role of her department. Floris Alkemade, Government Architect, talks about the role that architects play in the redevelopment process. Bart Schoonderbeek, Dutch entrepreneur, shares his experience of redeveloping the former toothpaste factory in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. 

Documentary production

This documentary was produced within the framework of the national Shared Cultural Heritage Programme by the Netherlands Embassy in Moscow and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. Executive producer: Novascape and operator Eric Leek.

Watch the documentary here.