Sustainable Historic Environments hoListic reconstruction through Technological Enhancement and community based Resilience


Over the last decadOver the last decades, as a consequence of the effects of climate change, cultural heritage has been impacted by an increasing number of climate related hazards, posing new challenges to conservators and heritage managers. SHELTER aims at developing a data driven and community based knowledge framework that will bring together the scientific community and heritage managers with the objective of increasing resilience, reducing vulnerability and promoting better and safer reconstruction in historic areas. The first step to enhance resilience is associated to the improvement in understanding the direct and indirect impacts of climatic and environmental changes and natural hazards on historic sites and buildings, by linking concepts commonly used in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation with cultural heritage management, in order to provide inclusive and informed decision-making. Comprehensive disaster risk management plans need to be drawn up, based on the specific characteristics of cultural heritage and the nature of the hazards within a regional context, taking into account the diverse heritage typologies as well as the specific socioeconomic conditions, since this directly affect the vulnerability of such systems. By a deep understanding of the hazard, the exposure and the vulnerability of the historic area, the local dynamics and the provision of innovative governance and community based models, it is possible to provide useful methodologies, tools and strategies to enhance resilience and secure sustainable reconstruction. Due to the information complexity and the diverse data sources, SHELTER framework will be implemented in multiscale and multisource data driven platform, able to provide the necessary information for planning and adaptive governance. All the developments of the project will be validated in 5 open-labs, representative of main climatic and environmental challenges in Europe and different heritage’s typologies.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Simona Tondelli

Unibo involved Department/s:
Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca Industriale su Edilizia e Costruzioni

Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation(Spain)

Other Participants:
Tower Spa (Italy)
Zentrum Fur Risiko- Und Krisenmanagement - Zrk (Austria)
Unismart Padova Enterprise Srl (Italy)
Universidad Del Pais Vasco (Spain)
Ekodenge Sustainability Engineering Limited (United Kingdom)
Masarykova Univerzita (Czech Republic)
Alpha Consultants S.R.L. (Italy)
Gemeente Dordrecht (Netherlands)
Ekodenge Muhendislik Mimarlik Danismanlik Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (Turkey)
Sistema Gmbh (Austria)
Politecnico di TORINO (Italy)
Istituto Superiore Mario Boella Sulle Tecnologie Dell'Informazione E Delle Telecomunicazioni (Italy)
Conselleria De Medio Ambiente E Ordenacion Do Territorio - Xunta De Galicia (Spain)
Seferihisar Municipality (Turkey)
Universite De Liege (Belgium)
Euronet Consulting (Belgium)
International Sava River Basin Commission (Croatia)
Nobatek (France)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Stichting Ihe Delft Institute For Water Education (Ihe) (Netherlands)
Estudios Gis S.L. (Spain)
Unesco (France)
R.E.D. Srl (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 5.999.448,75
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/06/2019
End Date: 31/05/2023

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Sustainable cities This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.