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ROCK WEBINARS

The ROCK webinar programme will showcase the leading cultural heritage projects which are driving sustainable urban regeneration across Europe. The webinar programme has been designed to share case studies and insights from ROCK partners on a range of topics relevant to cities, including cultural policy, circular economy, citizen engagement, adaptive reuse, new technologies, and urban biodiversity.

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In 2014, Bologna’s City Council officially adopted the regulation on the collaboration between citizens and the public administration on activities aiming at the care and regeneration of urban commons. The regulation acts as a general framework within which citizens, both individuals or groups, can submit proposals for projects to be developed on a spontaneous basis with voluntary effort for the involved parties, putting competences, resources and energy available to the collective good. Such projects are disciplined by the regulation through a series of specific agreements, called collaborations pacts, in which both the citizens and the public administration agree to the terms of their cooperation for the safeguarding of the commons. The commons targeted by this regulation are material spaces as public squares, green areas or schools, immaterial commons, such as education and social inclusion, and digital commons, such as applications and digital alphabetisation.

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The living lab in Eindhoven is an approach, a way of thinking and working that emerged in the city of Eindhoven and is materialized in various places in the city. The municipality of Eindhoven took the initiative to develop various living lab initiatives, in collaboration with actors from other sectors (private sector institutions, public organizations, academic and knowledge institutions in a triple helix framework). This resulted in a type of living lab that differs from other labs: it is not a laboratory within a building and it does not have clear hierarchical structure and projects organized and presented in a clear policy document. The living lab is however an entire part of the city’s strategy that is developed, supported and implemented at political and administrative level. It fits in a line of thinking and working in Eindhoven that started decades ago, and in which technological innovation are linked to and combined with collaborative forms of working, citizen engagement and citizen centred developments.

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The circular economy is a regenerative model designed to keep products and materials at their highest value and functionality for as long as possible through continuous cycles of reclamation and remanufacture. It is an alternative to the current “linear” economic model based on extraction, manufacture and disposal of resources (i.e. take, make, use and dispose), creating waste and toxic flows at each stage of the process. The webinar will introduce the principles of the circular economy and showcase what local governments are doing to encourage more circular systems and projects within their cities. Participants will also recieve recommendations on what they can do within their workplaces to adopt more circular economy practices.

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With increasing urbanisation, we are becoming more disconnected from nature just at the moment where nature needs us to notice it most: The Living Planet Index is down 60% since 1970!
Humans are reliant on the goods and services that nature provides, from bee-assisted crop pollination to water filtration courtesy of mollusks - and not forgetting over three trillion trees which clean carbon dioxide out of the air and produce the oxygen we need to breathe. Over exploitation, climate change, and pollution have significantly reduced our once-rich habitats – and due to intricate food webs, the fate of a single population can have far-reaching and unexpected consequences. How do historic city centres support biodiversity and habitat protection, reinforce natural processes and connect with their local natural environments? This webinar will take a look at case studies and recommendations from different cultural heritage sites on how biodiversity has been incorporated to add both natural and cultural value.

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Policy-makers and investors are in a prime position to secure the future vibrancy and diversity of arts and culture by locking it into a model of sustainable enterprise, from ethical governance to low-carbon infrastructure, ensuring that the sector is connected to the economy of the future and resilient to environmental challenges. This webinar will demonstrate the role of cultural professionals in contributing to sustainable development in cities and how cultural policy – both organisational and local government – can drive environmental leadership. Participants will learn from case studies across the world on how cultural policy is being used to create sustainable and resilient urban environments and support local cultural infrastructure to respond to climate and environmental change.

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To make sure urban development in cultural heritage and other areas is inclusive and brings social change, cities’ administrations must improve the terms on which individuals and groups take part in society, confronting barriers that prevent participation and meeting communities’ needs. Allowing for bottom up ideas in the participation process is a step towards more socially inclusive planning, especially if these ideas are taken into consideration in decision making.
ROCK cities are testing new approaches to working with communities in a way that is “sensitive, supportive, inquiring and carefully analytical, challenging but not directive or patronizing” (Kennedy, 1996). The final aim is to enhance the capacity of community organisations to influence the decisions that concern them, bringing a more equitable outcome to the process. This webinar will present some of the approaches tested at local level.

ROCK PODCAST

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Why is cultural heritage relevant for the future of cities ? This first podcast will introduce the topic of cultural-heritage led regeneration and explain the relevance of the topic, the approach chosen by the ROCK project and give some concrete examples of actions done in cities. Brought to you by ICLEI -Local Governments for Sustainability.

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In this second podcast, “Cultural Heritage in Action”, ROCK partners share their thoughts and examples of how cultural heritage can be a driver for the overall sustainability of the city. You will hear from the cities of Athens, Turin and Lisbon about their experiences with participatory governance of cultural heritage.

Green Heritage Futures is a podcast exploring cultural heritage and climate change.

As part of ROCK, Project Manager Lucy Latham sits down each month with a figure working at the intersection of cultural heritage and climate change to explore their projects and perspectives. The series looks at the importance of protecting cultural heritage in the face of climate change, as well as the unique opportunities of cultural heritage in engaging citizens and driving environmental solutions

Episodes

  1. David Harkin, Climate Change Scientist at Historic Environment Scotland: What historic sites can tell us about climate change

  2. Miranda Massie, Founder and Director of the Climate Museum: The unique power of museums in the fight against climate change

  3. Henry McGhie, founder of Curating Tomorrow: Curating a Sustainable Future

The podcast '90 Seconds of Science' is one of the most important Science Communication channels in Portugal, featuring over 500 episodes. Recently, they interviewed Chiara Pussetti from ICSUL team about the ROCK project and the processes of urban regeneration in Marvila. The podcast is available here (in Portuguese).

ROCK VIDEO

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ROCK focuses on historic city centres as extraordinary laboratories to demonstrate how Cultural Heritage [CH] can be a unique and powerful engine of regeneration, sustainable development and economic growth for the whole city. ROCK will regenerate historical city centers through creative and sustainable districts. ROCK will combine technical, organisational and social innovation to create a successful heritage-led urban regeneration model.
ROCK will make cultural heritage an engine for sustainable cities. ROCK will create a balance between top-down and bottom-up approaches.

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ROCK stands for Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities. This European funded project focuses on historic city centres as extraordinary laboratories to demonstrate how Cultural Heritage can be a powerful engine of regeneration, sustainable development and economic growth for the whole city. ROCK believes that cultural heritage should not be static, a vestige of the past only to be preserved, but can be a driving force to bring a new creative energy to cities. Using the past can help build urban futures. The project relies on a "circular model" as an integrated vision of urban regeneration. This circular model is based on 6 connected pillars: creative, cultural, regeneration, knowledge, security and green circles that interconnect to draw the future of cities.

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The International Conference “Urban Centers: Acting Upon or with Cities”, organised by the ROCK team at the ICS-ULisboa, aimed to explore the current roles and functions of a sample of the most important Urban Centers in Europe. For this, the Urban Centers of Lisbon, Bologna, Turin, Barcelona, Paris and Rome were invited to share knowledge about their experience in promoting participatory approaches with citizens in urban policymaking. You can now watch the conference video and read the final memorandum.

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European Capital of Innovation 2018 award - Athens' video Athens was awarded by the European Commission the title of European Capital of Innovation 2018 at the Web Summit that took place on the 6th of November 2018 in Lisbon. The award – that beyond the title includes a €1 million prize- comes as recognition of the city’s success in deploying innovation to overcome the recent economic and social crisis and engaging citizens in this process. ROCK project was an integral part of this award and here is the video of the nomination.

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The ROCK project supported the publication of the book The East Side of Lisbon. Cultural Guide, presented on 4 July in the space Gate 67 (Beato, Lisbon). The event was attended by th e Councillor of Culture, Catarina Vaz Pinto and the president of the Parish of Beato, Silvino Correia. The guide grew out of an idea that won Lisbon's Participatory Budget, submitted with the aim of valuing and disseminating the heritage and cultural dynamics of the axis between Santa Apolónia and Parque das Nações. Crossing the territory of four Lisbon parishes - São Vicente, Penha de França, Beato and Marvila - the guide shows a zone in deep change, where a new centrality is expected to emerge.

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ROCK backs “Projecto Relâmpago” of Superior Technical Institute of University of Lisbon. During the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon ROCK team hosted and gave its support as a partner to this year’s “Projecto Relâmpago” (Project Lightning), an initiative of NucleAR - the architecture students’ group of IST (Superior Technical Institute of University of Lisbon). Similarly to a hackathon, this was an opportunity to gather over 150 students of architecture to reflect on and make proposals for the riverside area of the parishes of Beato and Marvila. This initiative encourages work in situ, away from the conventional classroom, and promotes a greater involvement with the place and the local community, a goal that the ROCK project shares with this academic action.

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In the framework of Bologna Estate 2019 the Rock Project has brought 4 months of sociality, culture and sustainability into the heart of the city.