Academic journal article Cross - Cultural Communication

Cultural Industrialization: A Value Realizing Path for Industrial Heritage

Academic journal article Cross - Cultural Communication

Cultural Industrialization: A Value Realizing Path for Industrial Heritage

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In accordance with the definitions in and out of China and current status of exploitation and utilization of industrial heritage, values of industrial heritage can be summarized as historical, artistic, scientific and economic values. Succession, transmission and innovation of these values through careful plain and scientific management of cultural industries not only coincide with the trend of industrial integration, reflecting the new requirement of the development in cultural industries, and but also serve as communication platform for interactive development of industrial heritage and cultural industries. The paths of cultural industrialization for realizing values of industrial heritage consists of tourist economic model, conference and exhibition model, art and creative economic assembling model, and urban cultural remodeling.

Key words: Industrial heritage; Cultural Industrialization; Model


As defined in the Nizhny Targil Charter for the Industrial Heritage proposed by TICCIH (the International Committee for the Conservation of the industrial heritage), "industrial heritage consists of remains of industrial culture which are of historical, technological, social, architectural and scientific value".1 Wuxi Proposition for Conservation of Industrial Heritage in China (in 2006) state that "industrial heritage refers to remains of industrial culture which are of historical, social, architectural and scientific value. The remains consist of such industrial architecture as factories, workshops, mills, warehouses and stores, mines, metallurgical plants places for energy production, transportation and utilization, communication facilities, and places for social activities related to industrial production, equipment, process, and material and non-material cultural heritage as data record and enterprise archives."2


The definitions of industrial heritage show that the values are mainly presented in the areas of history, technology, social, architecture or scientific research. Furthermore, as a sort of resource, industrial heritage was not simply discarded or protected, but is being widely involved in modern economic activities and being combined with new economic form and highlight unnegligible financial value.

1.1 Historical Value

Industrial heritage is the witness of industrial development and daily life of human being and contains the information on human production activities for a certain period of time. From the timing perspective, the longer the history of an industry, the less the heritage it remains, and the higher its values. For example, ancient smelting sites and ceramic kiln sites have very high historical value. Even in the same time period, the classical heritage sites that present the characteristics of that age shows the highest value.

1.2 Artistic Value

The artistic value mainly means the aesthetic value presented by the industrial architecture itself (brought by the landscape feature mainly represented in the industrial architecture). In the aesthetic construction of cities, the artistic value is most evident. Industrial architectures like factories, workshops, mills, storehouses and stores constitute the main body of the material elements, spiritual elements and aesthetic elements of the cities.

1.3 Scientific Value

Scientific value is the core values of the industrial heritage. Studies indicated that 68% and 82% of the world industrial heritage are up to the registration standards in articles II and IV. The two standards show the status of technology value in the evaluation of heritage and that scientific value is essential connotation of industrial heritage. The scientific popularization and spiritual education values of industrial heritage are irreplaceable site-teaching materials in education of many disciplines. Many of the famous industrial heritage sites are being used as the education bases, thus harmoniously combines the protection of industrial heritage with publicity and education together. …

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