Korcula, heritage and place activation
August 25, 2010 2 Comments
One of Korcula’s many similarities to Fremantle is that in summer months it attracts lots of tourists to a heritage town in great Mediterranean weather.
What it does differently is activate the spaces with innovative and sometime temporary structures that enable residents and tourists alike to really enjoy the City.
Doug has kindly edited the following video that will give you a sense of the old city:
I also wanted to share with you a few of my favourite examples of activating heritage spaces:
Video projections and temporary cafes and bars – many of the café/bars around Korcula only operate for part of the year. The temporary structures are often in the best spots in town with views of the water and the heritage centre. The use of video projection of the side of walls of old buildings is great too.
Activating heritage spaces – we visited a small bar that was in a 14th/15th century turret in the old city which you can see in the video – a unique space using a unique part of the City in a sympathetic manner. Too often we treat our heritage like museum pieces. I think the future needs to be how we best use it in a way still protects and enhances it.
Another very fine example of this (and the thrid photo) is Hotel Dimitri whish was a major heritage restoration in the old part of the city to make one of the finest hotels I have ever seen. It is not cheap but an exquisite example of luxury and heritage in harmony. No I didn’t get to stay there but the tour was good enough!
Finally here is a video by Doug of the City from the distance