In all the Italian and Croatian cities and towns involved in REVIVAL, there are many dismissed areas, buildings (e.g. summer camps, schools, barracks, military fortifications) and industrial complexes lying in a state of neglect and decay. Many of these realities have an architectonical and historical meaning, representing remarkable examples of industrial archaeology, rationalist and modernist architecture or various military fortifications and bunkers as well as abandoned schools built during the Austrian-Hungarian period, along the Croatian coasts or on islands. This is an almost totally lost heritage, that today must be re-discovered, revitalized and reused for multiple reasons: memory building and keeping; making the cities and towns more compact and hence more sustainable, instead of pursuing an endless territorial/urban development based on the urban sprawl; fill in the urban/territorial/social voids, caused by the presence of abandoned areas and buildings, situated often in central areas; create spaces to host temporary cultural/artistic events and hence new poles and community hubs for the attraction of creative people as well as of tourists and social life. As we speak about hundreds of outstanding testimonials located in Italy and Croatia, tackling in a smart and sustainable way, as REVIVAL will do, these challenges will allow to transform the lost cultural heritage in a leverage for a sustainable and more balanced territorial development (as required by the priority 3.1 of the ItalyCroatia cross-border programme), in which a relevant abandoned man-made heritage will play a central role.
REVIVAL will tackle the issues above through a result-oriented approach consisting of:
As the starting point is clear, the change that REVIVAL will introduce is to put at the centre of attention of regional and local communities and potential investors the lost heritage concerned and try to find for it creative and sustainable solutions. REVIVAL involves 8 project partners and will last 30 months.
Regional and local development agencies, enterprises (in particular SMEs within the cultural and creative industry as well as the environmental and tourism sector)
Cultural and natural heritage management bodies
Local, regional and national public authorities
Education and training organisations as well as universities and research institutes