Live Projects

Find out about current projects in the field of cultural heritage These are mainly current European projects in the field of Cultural Heritage which are underway but not yet complete.

From 1 September 2020
To 31 August 2024
HUB-IN aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in Historic Urban Areas (HUA), while preserving the unique identity of the historic sites regarding their natural, cultural and social values. HUB-IN adopts innovation and entrepreneurship as the main drivers of urban regeneration in HUAs in line with the International agendas for Cultural Sustainable Development (UNESCO) and Cultural Heritage Strategy (Council Europe).
HUB-IN will have two main stages. In the first stage, a network of Hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship (Hubs) will be developed in the HUAs of 8 city partners (Lisbon, Slovenska Bistrica, Brasov, Nicosia, Genova, Grand Angoulême, Belfast, Utrecht) and in the second stage, the resulting methods and tools will be upscaled to a global network of HUAs of follower cities.
The HUB-IN project’s vision is to contribute to reversing trends of abandonment and neglect of historic heritage in a systemic way through the creation of networks of Hubs where innovation will be the main driver.
The project will also have a direct impact on the creation of new sustainable opportunities for local traditional businesses and for the development of new creative skills and jobs.
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T-Factor Heritage, culture and creativity for urban regeneration
From1 June 2020 to 31 May 2024
The EU Horizon 2020 funded project T-Factor questions the waiting time in urban regeneration. This is the time between an intervention request and its implementation to prove how culture, creative collaboration and stakeholder engagement can release vigorous urban centres of inclusive urban (re)generation, social innovation and business. The project considers early-stage regenerations in the historical centres of Amsterdam, Bilbao, Kaunas, Lisbon, London and Milan, and provides their public-private partnerships with a special ecosystem of capacity building for extensive new city-making projects.
T-Factor is a “sister” project to HUB-IN
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CENTRINNO – New CENTRalities in INdustrial areas as engines for inNOvation and urban transformation
From 1 September 2020 to 29 February 2024
CENTRINNO aims to develop and demonstrate strategies, approaches and solutions for regeneration of industrial historic sites and areas as creative production and manufacturing hubs, that 1) hold true to the ecological challenges of our time, 2) boost a diverse, inclusive and innovative urban economy, and 3) use heritage as a catalyst for innovation and social inclusion.
CENTRINNO is a “sister” project to HUB-IN
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RURITAGE – Rural regeneration through systemic heritage-led strategies
From June 2018 to May 2022
RURITAGE has initiated six Systemic Innovation Areas (SIAs), as frameworks to identify unique heritage potential within rural communities: Pilgrimage, Resilience, Sustainable Local Food Production, Integrated Landscape Management, Migration and Art and Festivals.“Thinking Beyond the Covid 19 Crisis: Heritage-Based opportunities for Rural Regeneration” – EU Vision Paper
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OpenHeritage project - Organizing, Promoting and ENabling HEritage Re-use through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment
From 1 June 2018
To 31 May 2022
OpenHeritage is a Horizon 2020 project which identifies and tests the best practices of adaptive heritage re-use in Europe. Drawing on the observations and results, the project will develop inclusive governance and management models for marginalized, non-touristic heritage sites and tests them in selected Cooperative Heritage Labs across Europe. It works with communities, local businesses, local and municipal administration, tries out new forms of engagement and uses crowd funding and crowd sourcing mechanisms to create active heritage communities.
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SmartCulTour Smart Cultural Tourism as a Driver of Sustainable Development of European Regions

From 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2023
SmartCulTour aims to support regional development in European regions, with special attention to rural peripheries and the urban fringe, through sustainable cultural tourism. the main objective of SmartCulTour relates to the facilitation of community-led rural development through field experimentation in 6 living labs. Prior to these living labs, a comprehensive desk research will identify significant sustainable cultural tourism policies, their impacts and critical success factors. These best cases will inspire a series of possible local interventions. For more information click here

PERICLES - PrEseRvIng and sustainably governing Cultural heritage and Landscapes in European coastal and maritime regionS

From1 May 2018 to 31 October 2021
PERICLES promotes sustainable governance of cultural heritage (CH) in European coastal and maritime regions through the development of a theoretically grounded, multi-actor participatory framework. To meet this challenge, PERICLES has formed a strong interdisciplinary consortium comprised of research institutions, regional government and heritage partners representing 15 different disciplines.To visit the Project website click here

Creating opportunities for regional growth through promoting Cultural HERitage of fISHing communities in Europe
From 1 June 2018 to 31 May 2023
The main objective of CHERISH is to improve regional development policies to protect and promote cultural heritage in fishing communities in order to boost attractiveness of these regions for businesses, citizens and tourists.
The main objective of CHERISH is to improve regional development policies to protect and promote cultural heritage in fishing communities in order to boost attractiveness of these regions for businesses, citizens and tourists.
The EU recognizes the valuable role of their cultural heritage for sustainable development and stimulates increased efforts to better position and profile the fishing communities, including it’s intangible heritage, like myths to daily practices, traditions, ecological knowledge and crafts. Through the development and implementation of new strategies utilising cultural assets of fishing communities new jobs and new products or services are created as well.

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Archaeological Parks in urban areas as a tool for Local Sustainable Development
From 1 July 2020 to 31 Dec 2022

The main objective of the project is to improve the effectiveness of management in heritage sites with special attention to archaeological parks in urban areas.
The partnership consortium consists of 15 actors from 11 Danube Transnational Programme countries.
The consortium sees archaeological parks as a tool through which local communities can manage, control and protect their heritage resources.
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Kairós is the ancient Greek term for the propitious moment. The partner cities of this Action Planning network on Cultural Heritage strongly believe that the moment to act has come: as the degradation processes in the historic and emblematic neighbourhoods are spiralling. The overall goal is to find sustainable means to revitalise areas of cultural or natural heritage by thoroughly examining the common deficiencies and strengths of such areas, thus, restoring social life and benefiting the local community.

In modern heritage management, the concepts of valorisation and adaptive re-use to contemporary issues are as relevant as the notion of preservation. The scope can range from just the building or monumental artefact to the idea of the broader urban cultural landscape. These trends are paving the way for heritage to play an important role as a driver for urban development.
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