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Urban regeneration through cultural heritage: the stories of three cities

What have Bologna (IT), Lisbon (PT) and Skopje (MK) got in common? Apart from being major European metropolises and hotbeds of culture and heritage, the three cities are part of the EU funded ROCK project (Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities).

Bologna is testing this new method of work to transform the university area (located at the heart of the historic centre) in a sustainable and creative district. Lisbon is focusing on the social transformation of the remote neighbourhood of Marvila, which has a strong identity linked to its industrial and rural heritage. Skopje is the third ROCK replicator city and is mapping the existence of the Jewish Macedonian community in the urban history of Skopje.

ROCK combines technological, organisational and social innovations to move from a linear to a more circular urban model where urban cultural heritage is maintained, reinforced and progressively enhanced with the addition of new components that develop the old ones.

Read the full article at Urbact.