EMERGING VALUE OF BROWNFIELDS REGENERATION
Free (open access)
Volume 7 (2012), Issue 2
173 - 185
D. DAMIGOS & D. KALIAMPAKOS
Nowadays, it is widely recognized that brownfields revitalization has the potential to promote sustainable growth especially in urban areas. Nevertheless, given that state and local authorities operate within an increasingly tight fiscal environment, brownfields become often of low priority, unless there exist significant human health and ecosystem threats, and remain degraded and underutilized. In order to confront this situation, it is vital for the responsible authorities to justify the necessity of redevelopment projects in ‘hard’, that is monetary terms. Toward this direction, not only economic but also social and environmental benefi ts should be monetized by means of market and non-market valuation methods. The paper presents two case studies, the redevelopment of a former metallurgical complex to a Technological and Cultural Park and the potential reuse of the former Athens International Airport as a Metropolitan Park, as a means of highlighting the emerging value of brownfields regeneration. The results indicate that both projects, when examined from a social point of view, create an economic value and contribute significantly toward sustainable development.
brownfields redevelopment, market values, non-market values