Topics of focus in the current second phase of the project:
1. Recovery and resilience through cultural heritage in a post-pandemic world
The focal point of cultural heritage as a vector of sense of place and local identity makes it a central instrument to build resilient cities and regions in a post-pandemic world. The cultural heritage sector has an opportunity and an important role to play in building back cities and regions better.
2. Cultural heritage for local sustainable development
To safeguard natural and cultural heritage, decision-makers and practitioners in cities need to bring environmental sustainability and action on climate change into their work. Doing so will unlock the potential of cultural heritage to be a driver for new green and sustainable economy; enhance economic, social, and cultural value in cities and regions; and contribute to all key areas of the European Green Deal.
3. Governance and financing: new roles for local and regional authorities
Culture and cultural heritage have often been at the forefront of citizens participation and engagement, as artistic intervention is a good trigger to have citizens interested and willing to shape their environment in a co-designed manner. Investing in culture and local cultural heritage can create opportunities to engage and empower citizens through a strong participatory approach.
Topics of focus in the first page of the project:
1. Participatory governance of cultural heritage
Participatory governance of cultural heritage is about participatory and people-centred approaches that involve the public sector, private stakeholders and civil society to: co-design cultural heritage policies and programmes; share management and safeguarding of cultural heritage; increase the valorisation of cultural heritage in communities; use cultural heritage as a resource for the community and territorial development.
2. Adaptive reuse of built heritage
Adaptive re-use of heritage buildings is the act of giving new use to an obsolete, underused or misused building. In adaptive reuse approach, rather than continuing the building’s existing use through upgrades or restoring it to a specific time period, the new use is defined and adapted to the building while preserving and respecting its value and significance.
3. Quality of interventions on cultural heritage
Interventions on cultural heritage are actions that impact or can impact places or sites of heritage interest and put heritage in danger. Quality interventions are the outcome of multiple factors including aesthetics, habitability, environmental friendliness, accessibility, integration into the surrounding environment and affordability.