The quaint harbor district of Bryggen lies in Bregen, Norway. Once a center for trade in the 12th century, Bryggen is now faced with the difficulties of managing and conserving the district from fire and water.
One of the threats to Bryggen is fire and the only way to conserve the harbor district is simply to rebuild what has been burnt. Since the fire of 1720, Bryggen has rebuilt the old colorful buildings and has attempted to create them to be as authentic to the originals. The buildings are made of timber and this has not only made fire a larger threat, but has caused the buildings to be more susceptible to rotting. There are many limited ways in keeping the district’s authenticity and conserving it as well. So far Bryggen has created easier passages in case of a fire emergency and a clearing for the towns people and visitors to evacuate. As well as a brick hotel to keep visitor’s minds at ease when vacationing and taking in the breathtaking views. Although the original building methods continue, the choice of building materials used are taken under careful consideration.
Deep beneath the buildings of the Bryggen lies an archaeological site full of rare organic deposits. Water may soon destroy these deposits if nothing is done to protect them. In some areas there is an increase of water which is harmful and in others there is a loss of water which is detrimental. These changing water levels are due to climate change and urban development that has occurred. The deposits are now threatened and may disappear and decay without the water that is needed.
In order to manage the archaeological site buried beneath the district water must be carefully monitored. Areas of drainage are in the process of balancing water in order to keep the non-renewable resources hidden below. The major solution is to continue monitoring and keep the water balanced as well as continuing the authenticity of the repairs. According to North Sea Skills Integration and New Technologies, “An important change will be the transformation of large parts of the surface water drainage system at Bryggen and surroundings from a piped system towards a sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) with different infiltration facilities.” The use of a filtration facility will hopefully stop the water from draining in areas and stabilize the organic deposits.
There are many new management plans for Bryggen and will be in place in order to balance the organic deposits environment. With the use of SUDS the history of the district, both man-made and natural, will soon be saved. Tourists are still encouraged to visit and embrace the beauty that Bryggen has to offer.