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"CONSIDER ""Sustainable Management of Industrial Heritage as a Resource for Urban Development"", aims to develop sustainable management model (SMM) for industrial heritage sites (IHS) for the benefits of the local communities as a resource for strengthening collective identities, improving the urban landscape, promoting ecofriendly solutions, and contributing to the urban economy and a sustainable future of the city.

The innovative side of this model is in its inclusive approach to the problem (regionally, sectorial, taking into consideration gender aspects, and its highlight on the exchange of knowledge, technology and labour). This novel collaboration will be improved by through synergies, networking activities, organisation of workshop, summer school, webinars, and final conference to facilitate sharing of knowledge. The circular knowledge exchange is based on systematic and triple-helix approach between academia (universities), policymakers (municipalities), and practitioners (SME/NGO) that will contribute both in identifying problems and developing guidelines for their improvement. This research brings novelty in respect of geographic regions that previously were not sufficiently investigated and inventoried thus providing the basis for further comparative research undertakings and sustainability of the Project outcomes in creation of new knowledge."

Research objectives

  1. To expand on what is considered as industrial heritage (machinery, buildings and landscapes) and their memories and how to safeguard what is kept through an effective and sustainable management mechanism.
  2. To investigate the history of sites (buildings, people, technology, knowhow) aiming to identify the most influential factors used to maximise the benefits from IHS and its social inclusiveness.
  3. To explore inclusive governance and participatory models as a tool to better integrate industrial heritage with the society, going beyond the usual expert-centred approaches leading to evidencebased research. 
  4. To mobilise knowledge and research on industrial heritage aiming to contribute to an innovative Europe by developing novel and improved sustainable management model. 

Funder: The European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (grant agreement No 101008186) and Newcastle City Council. 

Duration: 2021-2025

PI and further team: Dr Loes Veldpaus - Planning, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape. Additional partners include:

Academic Partners:

  • Kadir Has (Coordinator) (Turkey)
  • Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Israel)
  • Central European University (Hungary)
  • Ruhr Universitat Bochum (Germany)

Local Sectoral Partners

  • Kadikoy Municipality (Turkey)
  • Newcastle City Council (UK)
  • Tyne and Wear Preservation Trust (UK)
  • Zollverein Stiftung (Germany)
  • Eutropian (Austria)
  • Haifa Municipality (Israel)

Further information: Visit our official website for more information about the project, including publications and its outcomes.