Covering rundown historic areas of cities with plant life and smart sensors and reusing old buildings for new purposes are breathing new life into Europe’s decaying urban spaces.
Historic buildings and places can attract tourists and provide a shared sense of history for residents. Yet neglect, lack of funding and regulation are causing some cultural sites to fall into disuse or become derelict.
sustainable ways to revive cultural sites could help tackle these issues and
spark wider positive changes, such as better relationships between residents,
according to Pamela Lama from the Municipality of Bologna, Italy.
The Municipality of Bologna oversees a project called ROCK, which is working to revitalise the historic centres of 10 European cities, including their own.
ROCK’s undertakings include: reviving an historic square
turned car park in Bologna into an urban social space filled with plant life,
making a medieval fortress in Skopje, North Macedonia a technology-driven hub
and using a digital tracking system in Eindhoven, the Netherlands to tag places
that are hard to reach to later help and improve these places for people with