This workshop will seek to shed light on local heritage ecosystems through the lens of adaptive reuse processes. It will explore how they can provide space for collaboration, engagement and bottom-up driven regeneration. Looking at the experiences of the Horizon 2020 CLIC (https://www.clicproject.eu/) and OpenHeritage (https://openheritage.eu/) projects, the role of heritage ecosystems in the post-pandemic environment will be discussed, focusing on two interrelated aspects: different strategies for building and maintaining them, and their relationship with local business networks and heritage innovation.
Innovation ecosystems are locally embedded networks that enable individual organisations to join forces and complement each other by moving resources and capacities more efficiently according to emerging needs. They are tools that are particularly suited to supporting local initiatives, reacting to local challenges and finding solutions to locally specific problems. The post-pandemic situation presents a rare opportunity to rebuild, with the support of a more bottom-up and eco-conscious development by strengthening these innovation ecosystems connected to local cultural heritage.
The workshop will engage in a deeper exploration of the topic by combining case-based and academic approaches in the three breakout rooms. Looking at diverse cases of cultural heritage adaptive reuse from the OpenHeritage and CLIC projects, local processes and possible innovation ecosystem-based recovery trajectories will be discussed, while a more academic line of inquiry will be pursued in a third breakout room, exploring resilient business and governance models in this context.