Circular model Leveraging Investments in Cultural heritage adaptive reuse


Short description of the project:

CLIC is a 36 months project, funded by the EU programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020, which kicked off in December 2017. The overarching goal of the project is to identify evaluation tools to test, implement, validate and share innovative “circular” financing, business and governance models for systemic adaptive reuse of cultural heritage and landscape, demonstrating the economic, social, environmental convenience, in terms of long lasting economic, cultural and environmental wealth.

The CLIC project adopts a trans-disciplinary and systemic approach that integrates technology, business models and economic organisation, finance, governance and regulations as well as skills and social innovation, framed in the perspective of the circular economy as possible model for a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable development. The project combines traditional knowledge with scientific knowledge, developing multistakeholder win-win business, financing and governance models, inclusive planning and decision-making.

Liaison with RURITAGE:

In June 2018, RURITAGE and CLIC gathered for the first time in Berlin, on the occasion of the first European Cultural Heritage Summit in order to explore together with other 7 projects on cultural heritage, the connections between European funded projects on cultural heritage and its valorisation at the European level. The projects took this further on 15-16 November 2018 in Brussels at the Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage, where they gathered input to support the newly founded Urban Agenda Partnership for Culture and Cultural Heritage.

A joint high-level event between RURITAGE, ROCK, ILUCIDARE and CLIC projects – called ILUCIDARE Playground Conference – took place in November 2019 in Brussels to combine the findings and networks of these projects – and thus leverage the outcomes to a higher level and wider. The main findings of the event are available here. During the same week several other relevant activities were organised in Brussels by ILUCIDARE and CLIC and to which representatives from other H2020 projects, including RURITAGE actively participated(e.g. focus group, co-creation ateliers, Breakfast and Sustainability, Laboratory of Transdisciplinary). In particular, the 21st of November 2019, the coordinator of RURITAGE attended the Breakfast@Sustainability event[1] and second meeting of the Taskforce on “Circular Models for Cultural Heritage Adaptive Reuse in Cities and Regions” lead by CLIC project.

RURITAGE and CLIC exchanged social media accounts to be regularly updated about new project results and upcoming activities of mutual interest.

Further networking activities will be developed.

[1] More info available here: