The presented projects are all part of industrial heritage management at the Zollverein site. They exemplify good practice, encompassing a broad panorama of actions. They do not represent all that has occurred within the thirty-year transformation process: many more projects contribute to good practice, while others provide experiences to learn from.
The projects range from small to large, involving top-down and bottom-up approaches, and projects that are more community- or culturally-driven. Art, museums, and industrial tourism are well-known concepts for transforming industrial heritage sites. Furthermore, the selected projects include real estate developments and the establishment of a Folkwang University campus.
The presentation of the projects corresponds to our systematisation. Each project fills the eight criteria of the Good Practice Wheel (Systematisation) with life. The projects demonstrate specific actions taken in accordance with certain criteria, whereby other criteria are part of more common considerations. We present two “criteria highlights” of each project. The project sequence follows our systematisation, the Good Practice Wheel, starting with Conservation and proceeding clockwise.