A boost to the municipalities
So far, 750 building cultural environments of special value have been examined, and the number is increasing as all 22 municipalities are gradually being screened. The next step is to prioritise and reduce the list to 100 “indispensable cultural environments”.
“In many cases, we are dealing with a building heritage that is disappearing due to the depopulation of rural areas. And if it disappears, part of our history will be lost forever. That is why it’s so important to map the culture-historical and architectural values, identify the most important values, and provide proposals for securing and developing them. And there is no doubt they can help boost municipalities that are currently struggling”, explains Professor Mogens A. Morgen, Aarhus School of Architecture, who has the overall responsibility for the project.
He emphasises that the involved municipalities have embraced the project, and that many of them will be using the method for screening cultural environments developed by the school when next year they have to revise their municipal development plans.