Several of the participating municipalities have begun using the method in their work of revising municipal planning, including Jammerbugt Municipality in The North Jutland Region.
“To us there is no doubt that cultural environments can contribute to the development of habitation, tourism and business and industry. It has been a great help to have someone look at the areas we believe are of value with fresh eyes. And the results can easily be seen if you look at the diagrams of the method – which makes things easier in terms of further political discussions, where there is a need for prioritising and making decisions,” says Malene Stentoft Sørensen, land surveyor and planner, Jammerbugt Municipality.
Aarhus School of Architecture has published a guide to the SAK method. This guide is supplemented with templates containing various forms that are useful for screening cultural environments. The templates are available by request to Aarhus School of Architecture.
Download the SAK method guide (PDF)
Assessing the potential of cultural environments
From 2014 to 17, The Collective Impact group called Bygningsarven i landdistrikterne (architectural heritage in rural districts) worked on preserving and using the potential of rural cultural environments.
The Collective Impact group based its work on the hypothesis that locally and broadly-based conservation and development efforts in cultural environments with strategic development potential could promote investments in cultural environments. The overall purpose of promoting investment in cultural environments is to ensure greater numbers of preserved buildings and buildings that are in use in cultural environments – to create development on the local level and an increased sense of identity and understanding of the values of building heritage.
This work has resulted in a guide, Potentialevurdering af kulturmiljøer (Assessing the Potential of Cultural Environments), which moves from mapping and designating to identifying and activating the potentials of cultural environments which provide a basis for further local investments and development.
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