Public defence doctoral thesis: Nadin Augustiniok

Nadin Augustiniok has the pleasure to invite you to the defence of her doctoral thesis:

Value assessment in adaptive reuse. Towards an integrated framework.

23 juni 2023
14h00 - 16h00
Oude Gevangenis, Aula Roppe, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt
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Value assessment in adaptive reuse.
Towards an integrated framework

This dissertation explores the applicability of value assessment in an adaptive reuse process. The assignment of heritage values is an established method in heritage conservation to determine significance of the built heritage. It has found expression in theory, practice and legislation. However, change in the built environment, whether through natural or human intervention, is inevitable. Adaptive reuse addresses these changes, recognising their impact on the fabric and significance of the building, and aims to manage them to ensure a sustainable future for the building. The reinterpretation of what exists must also be considered in terms of our desire to add our own layer that reflects the time in which we live. 

Accordingly, the process of adapting existing buildings to current needs takes place at the intersection of heritage preservation and contemporary architecture and implies the need for a balance between heritage and architectural values. Using the two selected Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallonia as an example, this research investigates the use of values in four thematic areas - history, legislation, practice, and design.

Reusing existing buildings offers the opportunity to preserve heritage values alongside the creation of new value through necessary architectural interventions. This sparks a discussion about the meaning of values, their practical preservation and their translation into architectural qualities that users can experience.

Joint project by Hasselt University and l’Université de Liège

Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Hasselt University
Promoter: Prof. Dr. Koenraad Van Cleempoel
Co-Promoter: Prof. Dr. Bie Plevoets

Faculté d’Architecture de l’Université de Liège
Promoter: Prof. Dr. Claudine Houbart

Date and location:

  • Friday June 23rd 2023
  • 14h00 - 16h00: defence Nadin Augustiniok

  • On campus: Oude Gevangenis, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt
  • Online via Google Meet


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