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Open Heritage

EU-funded Project - Horizon 2020

The book Open Heritage is published in 2023!

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

The management of heritage assets has become a significant concern in urban development. With a long-standing experience in this research topic, the Georg-Simmel-Center for Metropolitan Studies partners in the international project „Open Heritage: Organizing, Promoting and ENabling HEritage Re-use through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment” from June 2018 to May 2022.

The project promotes the re-use of neglected, non-touristic heritage sites by providing a replicable and adaptable management model and building heritage communities around them. The EU supports the European consortium of 16 partner institutions through the funding line of Horizon2020 with a total of about 5 million Euros.

Four objectives guide this international endeavor: (i) the project wants to combine concerns of social inclusion, community building and heritage protection. (ii) Operating with an open definition of heritage, it seeks to overcome the gap between listed and non-listed heritage. (iii) “Open Heritage” supports cooperation between communities, policy makers, academia and various stakeholders. (iv) Tools are to be created that support the sustainable management of heritage assets in the project and beyond.

Building on their expertise in urban heritage studies, two scholars represent the GSZ in this European consortium. GSZ’s Vice-Director Dr. Heike Oevermann and Dr. Markus Kip, member of the Urban Research Group on Urban Commons, will focus on the methodological challenge of transferring insights from European case studies to practice. A management model will be co-created and tested in six “Cooperative Heritage Labs” that are ongoing projects, implemented under the consultancy of consortium partners.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776766.