Urban Governance
Cultural Heritage


Organizing, Promoting and Enabling Heritage Re-use through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment

2018 - 2022

OpenHeritage aims at creating, testing and optimising an inclusive governance model of adaptive heritage re-use and a supportive toolbox based on consortium expertise, systematically gathered evidence from thematically and geographically dispersed Observatory Cases (OCs), and practical testing in similarly diverse Cooperative Heritage Labs (CHLs) to produce usable and transferable results. The OCs are innovative experiments of adaptive re-use in community and stakeholder integration, resource integration, financial management, and territorial integration that will be studied, whereas CHLs are adaptive re-use laboratories run by consortium members, where innovative solutions will be experimented with.
The inclusive governance model recognises that heritage preservation and management efforts are often inefficient and unsustainable without the integrated application of interdisciplinary knowledge, multi-stakeholder cooperation, and community involvement. Thus, the project’s point of departure is the possibility of empowering the community in the redevelopment process of cultural heritage (CH) sites, both locally and on a wider scale, based on the concepts of heritage community and participatory culture. Inclusive governance also means incorporating a coalition of stakeholders into the re-use and maintenance process, the integration of resources, and exploring innovative financial and economic and business models.
The project operates with an open definition of heritage, not limited to listed assets but also involving those buildings, complexes, and spaces that have a symbolic or practical significance for local or trans-local heritage communities. It starts from the assumption that abandoned or underused official and potential cultural heritage (CH) sites not only pose a significant challenge for the public and private sectors, but also represent major opportunities for community cohesion, social integration, innovative bottom-up economic activities, and employment creation.

Horizon 2020