Cultural Heritage leading urban futures

ROCK focuses on historic city centres as extraordinary laboratories to demonstrate how Cultural Heritage [CH] can be a unique and powerful engine of regeneration, sustainable development and economic growth for the whole city.

Rock Vision 

Rock aims to support the transformation of historic city centers afflicted by physical decay, social conflicts and poor life quality into Creative and Sustainable Districts through shared generation of new sustainable environmental, social, economic processes.

Rock Ambition 

ROCKS aims to develop an innovative, collaborative and systemic approach to promote the effective regeneration and adaptive reuse in historic city centers by implementing a repertoire of successful heritage-led regeneration initiatives related to 7 Role Model selected cities:Athens, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Eindhoven, Liverpool,  Lyon, Turin and Vilnius.

The replicability and effectiveness of the approach and of the related models in addressing the specific needs of historic city centers and in integrating site management plans with associated financing mechanisms will be tested in 3 Replicator Cities: Bologna, Lisbon and Skopje


The overall concept of Rock is based on the development of a shared multi-cultural, multi-heritage and multi-stakeholders city vision, which integrated heritage-led regeneration, sustainable economic development, city promotions, and knowledge sharing. 

All the involved cities are characterized by their high Cultural Heritage (CH) value: the Role Model cities have already experienced a transformation from Heritage cities to Creative and Knowledge-based cities, while the Replicators are currently initiating the process, developing transformation programs, finance and engaging key-players. 

ROCK develops and apply an innovative circular systemic approach to connect different actors, places of CH value and systems, at a European level as well as at a local level, facilitating the innovation process and the adoption of environmentally and socially sound solutions to achieve sustainable growth. 

ROCK conceptualizes an innovative circular urban system model - the ROCK Circle - to implemented such process. 

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