Conditions for the sustainability of cultural brownfields – Study of the functioning of the Brussels Art Factory[Research paper] by Marianne Rauche


The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2012-2013. Marianne Rauche holds a degree in history and geography as well as a Master in Public Affairs from Sciences-Po Paris.

A cultural brownfield can be defined as an industrial brownfield, most of the time, which is converted into a place where different types of art activities are created, produced and diffused. Since 1970, along with deindustrialization, a lot of cultural initiatives have been lead with an alternative and anti-establishment spirit by public and private actors, into brownfields in Europe. Cultural brownfields produce various types of positive externalities, from an economic, artistic and social point of view, which legitimizes their recognition and support, at least partially, by public or private funders. The sustainability of cultural brownfields also depends on a viable economic model.

Quote article  Marianne Rauche, « Conditions for the sustainability of cultural brownfields – Study of the functioning of the Brussels Art Factory », 00 0000, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Research paper]

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