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Selected innovative Projects

Protect traditional built Heritage Skills

According to the climate change and energy policy of the EU, each member state needed to identify and develop a series of energy efficient goals and regulations, of which buildings are a key element, in order to reach the set goals. However, Europe has numerous historic buildings, which need permanent maintenance and refurbishment in order to fulfil the requirements of sustainability and use. When responsible bodies do spend money anyway, it seems logical and ecologically worthwhile to apply “soft” maintenance procedures, which save costs and also reduce energy consumption of historic buildings. Integrating these buildings into national climate change and energy policies seems therefore quite necessary and a challenge, as far as appropriate techniques and procedures are concerned, which can only be met through excellently trained craftsmen and apprentices of the crafts concerned. PRO-Heritage partners aim to offer initial and permanent education for professionals and craftsmen providing traditional competences and skills for built heritage, based on Best Practice of partner organisations. Additionally, PRO-Heritage is going to establish a structure and environment for regular journeyman’s travel in Europe, in order to further support the exchange of competences and skills across Europe.

Achieving better energy performance in historic buildings is a WIN-WIN situation for all – owners facing less energy costs, residents enjoying modern comfort at reasonable prices and society reducing energy consumption and CO2 emission.

Building Information Modeling Heritage

The buzzword “BIM” (Building Information Modeling) is currently linked to various definitions, approaches and systems. Different actors have different expectations of BIM and the Austrian construction industry is in an intensive process of catching up, both with public and private entities.

Especially SMEs in the construction industry have high demand for digitised processes with corresponding interfaces / seams to other companies in the context of the complex supply chains of the construction industry. In recent years all parties involved in the project have been highly active in organisations such as Platform 4.0, ÖBV and IG Lifecycle to advance the issue. However, progress just in industry is not enough to fully cover the economy in all its ramifications. Public and private customers play a significant and responsible role in this regard. Science and practice, research and development give a lot of attention to the topic.

In the case of historical buildings (field ‘Heritage’), other requirements apply compared to new buildings, while additional or different problems arise (eg old or mixed buildings, changed interaction between use, operation and value retention, diverse groups of actors, unsettled interfaces towards internal IT systems owners / operators, analogue or incomplete data sources).

The aim of the project BIMherit is the creation of a directory for the introduction of BIM especially for historical buildings, which provides concrete guidelines for the introduction of BIM to historical buildings in Austria and should generally be applicable in heritage buildings. The basis for this is a clear definition and functions of BIM for Cultural Heritage, the derivation and definition of BIM interfaces towards internal IT systems and involved contractors (construction, restorers, planners, architects, etc.).

In BIMherit, the inclusion of diverse stakeholder landscape will be used to examine whether ‘BIM’ is the right – or best – way to model and document objects like historical buildings. The project’s approach towards innovation and project history allows a stop-or-go decision, in case it becomes clear during the first phases of analysing the problem and the market, or during the description of BIM functions and appropriate use for Cultural Heritage, it proves that other processes are required.

European Heritage Label Network

In 2013 the EU Commission started the European Heritage Label (EHL) as an initiative of several national governments to improve the knowledge of European history and the role and values of the EU. The purpose of the European Heritage Label (EHL) is to emphasis a common European history, to strengthen the feeling of belonging to the Union among all European citizens, turning previous borders into bridges. In addition, taking advantage of the diversity that characterizes European culture, to stimulate intercultural dialogue and to still create a sense of being part of a united Europe.

The main goal of the EHL@N project is therefore to give (higher) visibility and reinforce the idea of

  • a common European culture: rich, flourishing, diverse; built on and through a long shared history,
  • a shared heritage which helps to define common values and eventually a shared identity for European citizens,
  • the integration of those values defining the European Union project and making them attractive for all, especially for young people.
  • finally, supporting quality and sustainable growth through capacity building measures and audience development, combining the enhancement of cultural heritage with the encouragement of contemporary creation and creativity.

 

In order to achieve those goals as well as to fulfil the mission that the EHL sites have defined for their cooperation, the network shall accomplish the following objectives:

  • to develop an appropriate framework/network structure, establish mission statement and ensure sustainability
  • to strengthen the existing brand EHL using common CD and utilise the label brand
  • to develop and maintain an engaging multilingual website for the general public
  • to disseminate, communicate and market the network project as well as the network – by creating and initiating models, tools and means to improve the visibility of each site and the future of the entire network
  • develop and maintain a support website for EHL network and sites, containing information about cooperation, education, exchange programmes and joint activities as well as funding opportunities
  • to strengthen co-operation between EHL sites, through common conferences and events, exchange of best practice, project ideas and training offers
  • to support sites in order to meet the requirements of monitoring procedure of EU Commission
  • to identify and promote the key values common to the EHL sites as well as Europe as a whole
  • to support EHL sites in developing individual and/or joint project ideas

 

With EHL@N sites can rely on a strong support system, offering quality information, practical tools and means as well as useful services for prosperity and long-term success, which is going to benefit all of Europe.

Newsletter

September 2021

The pilot project INCREAS continues to organise the planned workshops and has already implemented 25 of them. First insights have already been gained and have led to the complementary workshop “Statistical Data for the Cultural Heritage Sector” with the EU Commission.

On 7 October the second Promotion Day of INCREAS will take place at Charterhouse Mauerbach. It will start with a press conference in form of a breakfast where the media will get an overview of the aims and results of the FLIP2 project INCREAS. Media presence is very important for this project and was also reqested in the call for proposals. More than other EU projects, the project development of INCREAS should be publicised in the media.

This year’s event will also be a hybrid function, i.e. a combination of physical and virtual participation in the Charterhouse Mauerbach.

Details on the programme of the Promotion Day can be found here.

The partners of INCREAS are very active and, as already mentioned, have already held a large number of workshops. A comparison of the ESCO occupations and the listed competences in the Skills Panorama is also in progress. This is necessary in order to define the structure of the Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries sector in the best possible way.

Additionally. together with the EU Commission, an attempt was made in a separate workshop on 17 June 2021 to find a more meaningful structure in order to obtain better statistical data for the Cultural Heritage sector.

The cooperation with the blueprint project CHARTER will be further intensified.

June 2021

The INCREAS pilot project has picked up speed and is working closely with the sister project FLIP1 and the blueprint project CHARTER.

The first of a total of 50 workshops have already taken place and brought interesting results. One of them is the implementation of a special workshop on statistical data for the Cultural Heritage sector. So far, the data from ESCO, NACE and CPA Codes has only been available in isolation. On a closer look, there are currently no profound statistics for the sector. A good example would be the report by Kreativwirtschaft Austria, which usefully links the essential data.

Together with the EU Commission, an attempt was made in a separate workshop on June 17, 2021 to define a more meaningful structure, in order to obtain better statistical data for the Cultural Heritage sector.

In addition to the implementation of further workshops, the project partners are also preparing the Promotion Day on October 7, 2021. This year, too, there will be a hybrid event, i.e. a combination of physical and virtual participation at Charterhouse Mauerbach.

A preliminary program of the symposium will be available in July 2021.

 

 

 

 

March 2021

The INCREAS pilot project is in the productive phase! After the first meetings and a specialist conference in October 2020 the first of a total of 135 (!) workshops started. From March to June 2021, the project partners are organising workshops on relevant topics, such as job descriptions and competences required in the Cultural Heritage and Creative sector. The comparison of the ESCO professions, respectively the competencies listed in the Skills Panorama, is currently being carried out. This is necessary in order to define the structure of the newly created sector for Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries as best as possible.

Existing tools such as ESCO and EU Skills Panorama will be amended and updated. This defines a strong sector that combines Cultural Heritage – primarily the built – and Creative Industries for mutual benefit.
A first result of the previous work in the project is the planned creation of a “marketplace”, where products and services of the Cultural Heritage sector are offered online. Here museums, libraries and other organisations can offer their services, such as tours, books or games for sale.

Further steps are the creation of a structured exchange programme and initiatives to preserve traditional craftsmanship by involving young people. This is to ensure the survival of skills at risk.
A special result of the pilot project remains the prototype of the European Competence and Community Center for Cultural Heritage, or EUComp Center for short, which will be set up in Mauerbach, AT.




December 2020

The INCREAS pilot project has started! The objectives were discussed in a first meeting and on 15 October 2020 the symposium on INCREAS took place in the Charterhouse Mauerbach. You can find details on the schedule and programme of the event here.

The INCREAS partners have already started their first activities, comparing and checking the ESCO professions and the competencies listed in the Skills Panorama. This is necessary in order to define the structure of the newly created Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries sector as best as possible.
Furthermore, the stakeholders were analysed and summarised on a corresponding list. This is the basis for the most extensive matching in order to structure the new sector. Existing tools such as ESCO and EU SkillsPanorama will be supplemented and up-dated. This defines a strong sector that combines Cultural Heritage – primarily built – and Creative Industries for mutual benefit. As a result, a number of innovative training measures, such as highly developed digital competence modules, are developed and implemented.
A structured exchange programme and initiatives to preserve traditional craftsmanship through the involvement of young people are intended, to ensure the survival of endangered skills.

A special result of the pilot project will be a prototype of the European Competence and Community Centre for Cultural Heritage, EUComp Centre for short, which will be set up in Mauerbach, AT.
A special result of the pilot project will be a prototype of the European Competence and Community Centre for Cultural Heritage, EUComp Centre for short, which will be set up in Mauerbach, AT. The main focus is on built Cultural Heritage. It will show how such centres can make a powerful contribution to the economic success of European regions.

July 2020

In the last decade Cultural Heritage moved more and more into the centre of attention of the European Commission. The Culture Programme stimulated and invested in European initiatives like Capitals of Culture, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Heritage Label and other. A series of reports and strategies like the European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century have been developed and issued. By now those give a rather clear picture, where Cultural Europe plans to be heading in the years to come.

The challenge at this point in time is to take action and put things suggested into practice. This pilot project is seen by partners as a perfect opportunity to continue several streams of action taken over the last five years: – building upon EU projects like MODI-FY, PRO-Heritage, RCIA as well as the European Heritage Label – awarded to the Union of Lublin 2014 and the Imperial Palace Vienna 2016.

Existing tools like ESCO and EU SkillsPanorama will be adapted and updated. Thus creating a strong sector combining Cultural Heritage – mainly built – & CCIs to the benefit of both.

At the same time a series of innovative educational measures like sophisticated digital skills modules are developed and implemented. A structured peer-to-peer exchange programme and initiatives to preserve traditional craftsmanship by attracting young people to those shall guarantee the survival of skills at risk.
One highlight of the pilot project outputs will be a prototype of the European Competence & Community Centre for Heritage Assets, short EUComp-Centre, which is going to be implemented in Mauerbach, AT. In regards to competence the focus here will be on built heritage. It will demonstrate, how such centres can strongly contribute to the economic wealth of European Regions.

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Events

The INCREAS project is organising a bunch of workshops to reach out as many stakeholders in Europe as possible. The workshops have the purpose to gather the perspective of the stakeholders on the content of the Cultural Heritage Sector, its occupations, its skills and its facts & figures. All topics of the workshops are aligned with the specific objectives of INCREAS and will provide all required information which are needed to develop the requested deliverables and answers to the current challenges.