March 24, 2013

Twitter Chat Recap and Reminder: #CityHeritage Mashup, Strategic Planning

  • By: Sarah Heffern

At the beginning of March, the monthly #builtheritage Twitter chat temporarily transformed to the #cityheritage chat, as we partnered with the #citytalk chat run by Joe Peach of This Big City and Rashiq Fataar of Future Cape Town. The recap below, written by Joe in the days just after the chat, captures the highlights of the broad-ranging, internationally-focused conversation we had about adaptive reuse.

If the recap below piques your interest, we'll be chatting again -- back at our regular #builtheritage hashtag -- on April 3, 2013 at 4:00 EDT. April's chat will focus on strategic planning and its role in preservation organizations. Come with your best planning war stories! Details on how to participate can be found here.

Written by Joe Peach, This Big City

Last week saw a bit of a first for This Big City. After hosting 14 successful #citytalk tweetchats with various collaborators, we did our first ever tweetchat mashup with Sarah Heffern and Kayla Jonas Galvin from the #builtheritage chat. Suitably, we called it #cityheritage and our topic of discussion was building reuse - the act of finding new purposes for old buildings that no longer fulfil the function they were originally designed for.

We were joined by Twitter users from all over the world, with participants from Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America (Oceania residents were probably in bed). Hundreds of tweets were shared over the course of our six questions and sixty minute chat, and these are our highlights.

Building Reuse Champions

Which projects are leading the way, showing the world how to imaginatively and successfully reuse heritage buildings?

Building Reuse Barriers

Though most cities have examples of heritage buildings that have taken on new meaning, what's holding back other projects from taking place?

Community Engagement

Historic buildings are often an embedded part of local culture, so what can be done to ensure communities are engaged in their redevelopment?

Making Building Reuse Easier

What kind of changes need to happen to encourage building reuse?

Political Backing

How can local politicians be persuaded that building reuse is better than new construction?

Future Projects

Every city has a building (or more likely, buildings) that could be put to a new use. Where to begin?

Image via JoeinSouthernCA

Sarah Heffern is the National Trust's director of social media. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having first fallen for historic places in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.


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