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Archaeological Park – Torreparedones

Torreparedones is an Ibero-Roman city that currently occupies more than 10 hectares in the municipality of Baena and, in less extension, the municipality of Castro del Río. In the last fifteen years, the City Council of Baena has bought the area of the site that is currently included in the Archaeological Park from its previous private owners. At the same time, the Council has also led, in collaboration with other institutional actors, a successful process of research, conservation and enhancement not exempt from challenges regarding these objectives and in general to the management mechanisms. The recent discovery by researchers of the University of Cordoba of a Roman amphitheatre has promoted further research and excavation works where public-private-social cooperation has proved to be successful and can so be a reference for future stable mechanisms of shared management by a wide network of stakeholders.

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Palazzo Te, Mantova.

On the 9th of May 2018 the public body “Associazione Centro Internazionale d’Arte e di Cultura di Palazzo Te” has become a private foundation, “Fondazione Palazzo Te”. Through this change a public private partnership was de facto established between the Municipality, owning the palace, and the foundation managing it. Thanks to this governance shift, the management of the pole will become more sustainable for the Municipality. The palace at the moment is undergoing some important restoration work, that will make it more welcoming to visitors and at the same time give new functions to some of the areas, that will be opened to the public for free, or have new business-related activities and host new cultural exhibitions and activities.

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Revitalisation of Sigulda Castle Complex

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Dealing with architectural heritage

The Kortrijk region has introduced the Action Plan for Architectural Heritage (APAH), an assessment framework for dealing with architectural heritage in the dynamic context of urban renewal. In fact, architectural heritage buildings have intrinsic values and the demolition or through renovation implies a reduction of the aesthetic or spatial qualities of the buildings or its surroundings.

The AHAP allows local authorities to establish a development profile and a locus value for all buildings included in the Flemish Architectural Heritage Inventory. The development profile of the building indicates which future value the building has and which spatial dynamics prevail in its environment. The allocation of the locus value is always balanced judgement, in which the locus indicators and the development profile provide the arguments.

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ESPINHO – CASTRO OVIL

This case is an example of a project of Valorization of a cultural space, specifically the Castro de Ovil, inserted in a natural area, as an evocative or propitiating place of memories (recovered / recreated), as well as a natural space of usufruct and leisure activities. This is an example of an approach to the valuation of an “Archaeological Site”, in an integrated perspective, complementary to other interventions programmed, carried out or in progress, executed by the Municipality with the support of other entities and participated with the involvement of citizens in its construction, can change the visibility of a place and motivate the citizens’ interest in it. Even with reduced investments (at the level of operation and maintenance) and small actions it is possible to value an Archaeological Site, enhancing its cultural, industrial and natural value of the place.

It represents a settlement of the Iron Age, integrated in the denominated culture of the northwestern peninsula, where the human occupation from at least the 3rd century BC to the contemporaneity has been documented. It integrates an industrial mill, constituted by the ruins of a Paper Factory Castle, installed there since the 2nd quarter of the century. XIX, and that worked until the decade of 1970. All this inserted in a natural space, marginal to the Ribeira do Rio Maior, where it has constituted the concern of the Municipality to proceed the gradual elimination of the monoculture forest, favouring of the indigenous vegetable species.

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Start up Social Cooperative Enterprises (SCE)

The Municipality of Dodoni has the highest senior citizen rate in the country along with a huge problem of lack of services for their welfare, while the elders also confront the low accessibility to health infrastructure and benefits. Moreover, the municipality has the necessity of infrastructure for disabled people and for staff with expertise. On the other hand, there is a monumental cultural heritage that is not exploited to the maximum, whilst it constitutes a great advantage for Dodoni. Because of the above mentioned issues and because the existing social functions are unable to seize the possible potentials on their own, the Municipality of Dodoni has decided to support and promote the idea of the establishment of Social Cooperative Enterprises (SCE). The establishment and development of the social enterprises is supported by the Social Enterprise Ecosystem in Greece (SEE-GR) initiative. The ecosystem aims at providing financial and non-financial services such as seed capital in the form of a loan and specialised consultation services (mentoring) to the social enterprises during their first three years of operation. These initiatives will be supported by the Local Bank.

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CAHORS The Revitalization of the Château-du-Roi Street

Video-case prepared by the Cahors team to visualise the case example of their city ‘The Revitalisation of the Château-du-Roi street’. This video highlights the solution given to a specific problem during the implementation process of a plan.

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Armagh County Club

Armagh County Club was established in 1869 and has occupied the same premises for the last 149 years. The Club is a private members’ club situated in the centre of the historic city of Armagh, located in the heart of the city’s conservation area. Much of the building is lying vacant or under used and the Club have very exciting new uses for this outstanding property. For instance, the underused snooker room will become a seminar/exhibition space with a new build staircase and kitchen on the blank East gable. The lower ground floor will accommodate two apartments and a new lift will operate from here to the top floor. The Club will celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2019 and it is fitting that the membership has agreed an ambitious programme of improvement works to their property for this important milestone in their history.

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Alba Iulia Princely Palace

This Case Example focus on the rehabilitation project of the Princely Palace, a building included in the national historical monument list located in the ”Alba Iulia Fortress” an important historical and architectural complex.

The construction of the Princely Palace, which started in the middle of the XIV th century, was made on the settlement of the former bishop palace. The process of the construction was realised in successive stages and the maximum development was reached in the XV th century, when the wings of the building were developed along 3 inner courtyards. During the Habsburg governance, several functionalities are assigned to the building: the eastern part becomes a military barrack; the western part is transformed into the Roman-Catholic residence of the bishop. From the beginning of the XVIII th century it became a military building.

The major objectives of the project are the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of the Ensemble of the Princely Palace in Alba Iulia – Exhibition Centre Main Body ‘E’ in the surface of 3113.64 square meters, through consolidation, preservation, restoration and interior decoration, exhibition facilities for sustainable use in accordance with its historical status and with national and European valences.

This Case describes the barriers identified and lessons learned from the public procurement process that started at the time of signature of the financial contract with the Managing Authority until the selection of constructor.

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LE PESCHERIE DE GIULIO ROMANO IN MANTOVA. The INT-HERIT gaze

Le pescherie de Giulio Romano is one of the cornerstones of the regeneration action at the heart of Mantova’s commitment to the Int-Herit project. The story in images of the action that the city is carrying out in collaboration with its local network of stakeholders in the URBACT network dedicated to the themes of cultural heritage.

Mantova granted the regeneration of this monument in the heart of the city, rediscovering in this way part of its history. INT-HERIT project supports the partner cities with the innovative and sustainable management of the cultural heritage.

The project has some objectives:

  • Restoration of the monument in order to open it to the public
  • Reopening of the permanent access to the Rio canal banks, to recreate the connection among the town of Mantova, its citizens and its water.
  • Open the attic part to be a unique great hall, create cultural activities, economic activities, and a cafeteria with local and organic products.

Funds are coming from banking foundations and other fundraising activities.

In this video, we can listen to the experiences of Paolo Corbellani (INT-HERIT ULG member), Sebastiano Bertoni (architect), Stefania Roversini (microbiology professor at Mantegna High School), among others.

Le Pescherie de Giulio Romano in Mantova