Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities


ROCK aims to develop an innovative, collaborative and systemic approach to effective regeneration and adaptive reuse strategies in historic city centres. By implementing a repertoire of successful heritage-led regeneration initiatives, it will test the replicability of a spatial approach and of successful models addressing the specific needs of historic city centres. ROCK will transfer the role models blueprint to the replicators, adopting a cross disciplinary mentoring and defining common protocols and implementation guidelines. ROCK will deliver new ways to access and experience Cultural Heritage [CH] ensuring environmental sound solutions, city branding, bottom-up participation via living labs, while increasing accessibility and safety in the involved areas. ICT sensors and tools will support the concrete application of the ROCK principles and the platform will enable new ways to collect and exchange data to facilitate networking, synergies and creation of CH related services. The added value is the combination of sustainable models, integrated site management plans and associated funding mechanisms encouraging PPP, based on successful financial schemes and promoting the creation of industry-driven stakeholders’ ecosystems. A monitoring tool is set up from the beginning, running during three additional years after the project lifetime. Main expected impacts deal with the achievement of effective and shared policies able to: accelerate heritage led regeneration, improve accessibility and social cohesion, increase awareness and participation in local decision making and wider civic engagement, foster businesses and new employment opportunities. Involving 10 Urban authorities, 5 Universities, 3 networks of enterprises, 3 networks of cities and several companies, foundations and charities, ROCK is able to catalyse challenges and innovative pathways across EU and beyond, addressing CH as a production and competitiveness factor and a driver for sustainable growth.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Giovanni Leoni

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Architettura
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali
Dipartimento di Sociologia e Diritto dell'Economia
Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà

Comune di Bologna - Area Personale e Organizzazione - Formazione(Italy)

Other Participants:
Dfrc Ag (Switzerland)
Camara Municipal De Lisboa (Portugal)
Virtualware 2007 Sa (Spain)
Athens Developement and Destination Management Agency (Greece)
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania)
Instituto De Ciencias Sociais Da Universidada De Lisboa (Portugal)
Municipul Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Julie's Bicycle (United Kingdom)
University Of York (United Kingdom)
Eurocities Asbl (Belgium)
Corvallis Spa (Italy)
Ss Cyril And Methodius University In Skopje (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of)
TASO Desarollos S.L. (Spain)
Asociación de Empresas de la Economía Verde (Spain)
Liverpool City Council (United Kingdom)
NOWHERE srl (Italy)
Comune Di Torino (Italy)
Viabizzuno Spa (Italy)
City Of Skopje (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of)
Gemeente Eindhoven (Netherlands)
- Filiala Transilvania A Asociatiei Romane Pentru Industria Electronica Si Desoftware (Romania)
ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH (Germany)
Athens School Of Fine Arts (Greece)
Acciona Infraestructuras S.A. (Spain)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Confindustria Servizi Innovativi e Tecnologici (Italy)
Vilnius City Municipal Government (Lithuania)
Urbasofia Srl (Romania)
Eindhoven University Of Technology - Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Commune De Lyon (France)
Fondazione Fitzcarraldo (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 9.873.585,87
Project Duration in months: 44
Start Date: 01/05/2017
End Date: 31/12/2020

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