Eutropian GmbH: Open Heritage

Eutropian GmbH: Open Heritage

Open Heritage is identifying, improving, testing and disseminating a set of combinable, multipliable and upscalable models of multi-stakeholder cooperation for the socially, economically and environmentally sustainable and resilient re-use of heritage sites in Europe.

Within the Open Heritage project, a consortium composed of research institutions, universities, financial organisations, developers and community involvement experts will explore existing policies and legal frameworks, development procedures, multi-stakeholder cooperations, crowdsourcing mechanisms, financial instruments and shared management formats. Open Heritage starts from the assumption that heritage preservation and management efforts are often inefficient and unsustainable without the integrated application of interdisciplinary knowledge, innovative financial, business and governance models, and efficient multi-stakeholder cooperation. In the midst of a demographic transition in Europe, abandoned and underused public and private areas represent a significant burden on the public and private sectors, and missed opportunities from the viewpoints of community cohesion, social integration and potential economic activities. While many national governments, regional administrations or city municipalities as well as private owners have been struggling to give meaningful new functions and sustainable operational models to their unused or underused assets, community groups, citizen initiatives, public-civic cooperations, cooperative developers, community finance platforms, policy think tanks and alternative finance organisations have introduced new practices for the adaptive reuse of heritage sites, often invisible for public actors and EU institutions. Open Heritage is building on these practices, by exploring, connecting, enhancing and developing them, as well as bringing them to another level by investigating their transferability between various socio-economic contexts. The Project started in June 2018 with a Kick-Off Event in Budapest. The first Consortium meeting took place between 24-26 June, hosted by CEU. The meeting brought together 40 representatives from all 16 consortium partners. The Workshops were rounded up with site visits and provided first hand information about the cultural heritage sites.

Open Heritage is a 4-year research programme and funded by the European Union’s H2020 programme. Participating organisations are Metropolitan Research Institute, Eutropian, Universiteit Gent, Newcastle University, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Oddział Warszawski Stowarzyszenia Architektów, ICLEI, Eurodite, Stiftung trias, Universita degli Studi Roma Tre, Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, LUISS Libera Universita Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli, Platoniq Sistema Cultural, Central European University, Camara Municipal de Lisboa, Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust


Article by Daniela Patti & Levente Polyak
PhotoCredits: Eutropian (CC)