From 11-13 September, 2019 lovers of big industrial machinery gathered at Katowice in Poland for the sixth Big Stuff conference. With the theme "Preserving large industrial objects in a changing environment", the conference addressed the future of large scale industrial heritage in the face of a rapidly changing environment, where social relations, architectural and urban design, landscape environments, mobility infrastructures and spatial functions are all being transformed, and where climate change adds another unknown to the preservation of historic buildings and machinery.
A selection of the presentations are available below, including 10 presentations that were published in the journal Architectus and are reproduced here by the kind permission of the Editors. Architectus is open access and the issue containing the Big Stuff 2019 papers can be found here.
Conference Papers and Presentations
Mateusz Grabowski, Bartosz M. Walczak - Old power stations as industrial heritage and adaptive re-use challenges
Sandra Kaiser - The Augsburg Water Management System
Aleksandra Kozaczek, Gabriela Wojciechowska, Maria Czarnecka, Agnieszka Nowicka - Reconstruction and possibilities for adaptive re-use of railway stations based on the example of selected objects from the area of Lower Silesia – results of analyses carried out during student workshops
Pieter Neirinckx, Marc Pinte - Urban development in Ghent offers new opportunities for industrial heritage and the museum
Glenn Rigden, Andy Munns - Restoration of the Steam Ship John Oxley