The aim of the OpenHeritage project is to search for solutions and propose heritage adaptive re-use models in line with the premises of circular economy.
OpenHeritage (Organizing, Promoting and ENabling HEritage Reuse through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment. OpenHeritage), its consortium partner Warsaw branch of the Association of Polish Architects OW SARP, and its leader—the Metropolitan Research Institute z siedzibą w Budapeszcie, is implemented as part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program of the European Union.
Our scholarly research activities are not based on a choice between traditional dualisms: investing public funds in projects without the possibility of return versus commercial investment with profit as the main goal. The proposed models are investments aimed at financial independence for which profit is a means to an end rather than a goal in itself. Such activities assume cooperation between various stakeholders and the involvement of people and entities related to the area of special heritage value. Therefore, the planned activities involve strengthening the role of the “heritage community” and the participation of said community in shaping a new use of sites and areas.
16 partners from 11 European countries take part in the project, including universities, research institutes, NGOs, companies and city representatives. Our research covers most European countries and the participants of our activities are scholars, architects, urban planners, representatives of cities, entrepreneurs, NGOs and residents actively involved in matters related to heritage and space.
As the project partner, OW SARP is responsible for running PragaLAB—one of the six heritage living labs.
Main website of the project (in English): openheritage.eu