International meeting on fortified heritage

International meeting on fortified heritage

“Preservation through development” has been used by many fortified heritage owners to achieve sustainable and economical health for future fortified heritage. Requiring a coordinated, integrate, and systematic approach has proven, through the courage of owners and authorities, to be a winning concept. This principle has been used in many places, including ‘s-Hertogenbosch, to preserve and make use of its (fortified) heritage.

However, safeguarding heritage in 2016 is more than just preservation or development. A different approach is required to bridge the gap between the (financial) consequences of owning, maintaining and actually using fortified heritage. Take a look around, how many restored buildings are being used more than 3 days a week? And are the sites genuinely connected with the people that live nearby?

We invite you to share your experiences on how to realise a successful sustainable fortified heritage transformation. Two main themes have been selected for this international conference: sustainability and preservation through use. We need to find better ways of sharing our fortified heritage, as without future use(rs), no new renovation projects will be financed with public money.


Sustainability

The demand for sustainable solutions for revitalised fortified heritage is huge. Innovative ways to reduce the cost for heating (ventilating) monumental buildings are necessary to ensure a healthy business. Often general sustainability regulations are applied on fortified heritage as well as strict regulations for monuments. The question arises if buildings that were never meant to be comfortable, can be transformed into sustainable buildings.

Topics that will be addressed are:

- How to optimize fortified heritage with state of the art techniques to minimize the use of natural resources.

- Can fortified heritage and landscapes be used to produce energy? Are there limits to the generation of sustainable energy of heritage sites? 

- Do we need to adjust the sustainability level that is aimed for regarding the nature of fortified heritage? Which sustainability measures are sensible, ethical, esthetical?

You will be offered a selection of the latest European experiences with implementation of sustainable energy solutions in fortified heritage, including a visit to recently restored monumental buildings in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

EU funding sustainability

Meeting the upcoming EU programmes and exchange of possible project ideas.

It is our aim to draft the outlines of future EU funded projects. The contact points of the most relevant EU programmes will be joining us.

(this session is open to all partners with project plans, co-finance and European ambition)


Preservation through use

The majority of monumental sites have limited access. It is necessary to find alternative ways to increase visitation and have people benefit from the heritage treasures being uncovered; after all, public money is being utilised to invest in those restorations. The main focus is taking the role as an “owner” with all the responsibilities while the demand of the public is changing towards sharing over ownership. Successful initiatives as Airbnb and Uber show that the wishes of consumers are changing, the ‘collaborative economy’ is prospering. Is ‘preservation through use’ the next concept?  

Topics that will be addressed are:

- How can fortified heritage contribute to more sustainable economic development.

- Is sharing as in the ‘collaborative economy’ the way to go in order to strengthen the connection between fortified heritage and society?

EU funding preservation through use

Meeting the upcoming EU programmes and exchange of possible project ideas.

It is our aim to draft the outlines of future EU funded projects. The contact points of the most relevant EU programmes will be joining us.

(this session is open to all partners with project plans, co-finance and European ambition)


EU cooperation: exchange of knowledge and experience is beneficial to all, as well as enhancing chances of EU funding. Strengthening the cooperation is necessary to realise these ambitions. The establishment of a sustainable expert network will be discussed.

Please let us know if you will be able to attend this international conference. Note that it will be an English spoken event. We are eager to know if either you, or a colleague of yours, would like to contribute to the proposed subjects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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