Reuse and Revitalisation of Contemporary City Areas: Structural and Functional Transformation of Brownfield Sites

Examples from Zagreb and London
  • Tihomir JukićEmail author
  • Georgia Butina Watson
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Urban regeneration and revitalisation of brownfield sites and urban areas are the result of functional urban transformations and an approach to creating new methods for spatial change. This chapter presents various models of urban transformations with particular focus on ownership and the functional use of buildings and urban areas; strategic planning mechanisms for shaping and transforming brownfield areas; the role of citizens’ participation and engagement in the decision-making processes; and potential funding models and the value of public/private partnerships. First, the paper presents key theories and practice-based examples of brownfield regeneration and revitalisation schemes, using cases from London and Zagreb that have been implemented or are waiting to be realised. Discussions are also framed by a critical analysis of the two planning systems that underpin these interventions. Special attention is given to the role of “urban projects” as potential models for the functional and structural revitalisation of brownfield areas. Such projects, it is argued, are of special interest to cities today where the “city” participates in the co-creation and realisation of such projects through land or building ownership or as a public infrastructure investor with the overall purpose of improving the quality of life of its citizens. The analysis also discusses the value of area regeneration models and presents examples from London and Zagreb as contrasting socio-political and planning systems.


Industrial heritage Brownfield sites Urban revitalisation Urban projects 



The research is a part of the scientific project “Heritage Urbanism—Urban and Spatial Planning Models for Revival and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage”. It is financed by the Croatian Science Foundation [HRZZ-2032] and carried out at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ArchitectureUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Faculty of Technology, Design and EnvironmentOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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