CHANGES (Changes in Cultural Heritage Activities: New Goals and Benefits for Economy and Society) is a European Project supported by the JPI Heritage Plus programme. Environmental sustainability concerns are driving investments in conservation but also construction sector at large towards inclusive and sustainable development as well as to innovation. Increasingly arguments rise against large restoration works, whilst a paradigm shift is observed towards Planned Preventive Conservation, Maintenance and Monitoring (PPCMM). The main benefits of the new approach are the cost-effectiveness for private owners and managers of historic properties, improved quality of protection of built heritage and environmental enhancement, empowerment of local communities resulting in increase of human and relational capital in a local context. The research aims at producing new local models capable to include the diversity of European Cultural Heritage and skills required in built heritage activities to support PPCMM, by increased understanding of:
conservation and valorization as preventive measures;
effectiveness of maintenance, involving relevant craftsmanship and expertise;
economic mechanisms underlying built heritage conservation in the context of regional economy and the (wider) construction sector.
impact of knowledge gain and its dissemination on smart economy for built heritage conservation, heritage management and for the construction sector.
The proposal meets the JPI call requirements as interdisciplinary research will lead to advances in understanding of cultural heritage and will produce outcomes ready to be transferred to stakeholders and society. Research will develop materials, technologies and procedures for a sustainable long-term care as a strategy to manage changes, in the framework of a learning environment where heritage is understood in connection with people as a tool for the production of social and human capital. The project outcome includes the proposal for a funding scheme providing the conditions to support the transition toward a sustainable conservation process. The project addresses the themes identified in the strategic research agenda: “Developing a reflective society”, “Connecting people with heritage”, “Creating knowledge” and “Safeguarding our cultural heritage resource”.
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Within CHANGES Project, the 2017 Thematic Week of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation will promote the International Conference on
Innovative built heritage models and preventive systems
which will be held on 6-8 February 2017 at Arenberg Castle in Leuven.
Within CHANGES Project, the Politecnico di Milano – ABC Department, the Consortium Villa Reale e Parco di Monza, the Monza and Brianza Province and the Order of Architects of the Monza and Brianza Province, organized the International Conference
Cultural heritage management: conservation and valorisation in an integrated perspective
held on Thursday 26 May 2016 at Villa Reale in Monza.