Community initiated adaptive reuse for culture and the arts: 'the tanks arts centre' Cairns, Australia

Castles, Anthony (2020) Community initiated adaptive reuse for culture and the arts: 'the tanks arts centre' Cairns, Australia. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 19 (2). pp. 119-142.

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A group of World War II naval fuel storage tanks strategically located in a tropical rainforest in Cairns, Australia, were adapted for arts and cultural purposes. This paper explores the adaptive reuse of this unusual industrial heritage site. It uses a case study approach to demonstrate how the social and aesthetic values of the place have been conserved and grown, and how these values have interacted to increase community attachment through a community-initiated approach to the site’s reuse. A scoping review and secondary data helped develop the case study and informed semi-structured interview questions for key industry stakeholders. The paper deduces that a community-led bottom-up approach to the reuse of space for arts and culture results in greater community attachment and, as opposed to top-down approaches, allows for continued growth in social and aesthetic value. Nevertheless, ongoing success of community initiatives in most cases is also reliant on the structure of a government-led administration.

Item ID: 67272
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-2940
Keywords: Adaptive Reuse, Aesthetic Value, Arts and Culture, Cairns, Community initiated, Industrial Heritage, Social Value, Urban Tropics
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Copyright Information: Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 free to download, save and reproduce.
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 23:25
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470209 Environment and culture @ 100%
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