Cost Action 18110 – Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorisation

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To achieve that overall challenge, Underground4Value’s main objectives are:

  • Providing a balanced and sustainable methodology for supporting the conservation and re-use of the UBH
  • Realising the potential of UBH for empowering local communities
  • Managing and treasuring the wide-ranging participants’ competencies in order to identify key areas of scientific, technical, commercial, managerial, political, cultural and social nature, which are currently deemed problematic for a sustainable use of the UBH.
  • Setting up and coordinating small teams of participants to perform yearly four case-study assessments
  • Interacting with local communities, disseminating innovative thinking and supporting them to explore alternative social trajectories, such as establishing Living Labs, and experimenting transition management tools.
  • Improving network openness by delivering presentations at regional and local conferences
  • Developing new skills for planners, decision-makers, promoters, and local development facilitators

Underground4Value makes a relevant step forward with respect to the current state-of-the-art and provide a significant knowledge base for a sustainable use of the UBH by:

  • Exploring new planning approaches, such as the Strategic Transition Management (STM), and their use in the built heritage conservation and re-use, through the WG activities, the case-studies STSMs, and the training courses
  • Creating a multi-disciplinary network on the sustainable use of the UBH 
  • Disseminating results of the methodological and knowledge advancement at international, regional, and local level
  • Developing new training modules for planners, local community facilitators, promoters, and decision-makers

Underground4Value provides adequate cultural, scientific and technical knowledge of the UBH with reference to different aspects (i.e. archaeology, geotechnics, history, urban planning, architecture, cultural anthropology, economics, tourism, sustainable development), as well as introduces new technologies and innovative approaches in a multi-disciplinary context.

Underground4Value represents a fundamental milestone for integrating underground space, cultural heritage studies and community-based planning.

Thanks to 16 case studies, the knowledge transmission and exchange reveals practices, imaginaries and local cultures associated with the UBH, renews their interpretation, and stimulates knowledge and the perspective vision of local communities. UHB landscape becomes a place of equilibrium for nature, identity and attractiveness, by re-associating multiple uses and giving capacity for development at all levels (regional, local) and all temporalities (short, medium and long term) while generating positive and self-sustaining “natural” interdependencies.

For implementing the UBH knowledge base, Underground4Value advances, on the one side, in the classification of artificial cavities, by linking the typologies to their functions and potential re-uses and promotes archaeological and historical research for each case study. On the other side, it examines technological developments of UBH non-invasive diagnosis, innovative ICT tools systems for sensoring and data collection, multiscale approaches, from landscape to archaeological sites or monuments, up to the single artefact, for detailed high-resolution visualisation and reconstruction of the more interesting items of the heritage.

How the action works: