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Join us in person at the Open Heritage book launch events in Vienna and Budapest!


What measures can be taken to rethink the maintenance and conservation of our built environment? How to expand the definition of cultural heritage, how to restructure planning processes, and rethink who will be involved in the care of heritage sites and projects? Meet the editors of the Open Heritage book in Vienna on 22 November 2023. The event is organised by the publisher Birkhäuser in partnership with The Austrian Society for Architecture. In cooperation with Denkmalpflege & Bauen im Bestand, Vienna University of Technology, and Professor Heike Oevermann. Come and join us! 

VENUE: Depot, Breite Gasse 3, 1070 Wien
WHEN: Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 19.00-21.00

Federica Fava, Assistant Professor, Roma Tre University
Gabu Heindl, Architect, Vienna / Uni Kassel
Maik Novotny, Journalist, Vienna
Levente Polyák, Eutropian, Cooperative City, Budapest-Rome-Vienna
Heike Oevermann, Head Professor at the Chair of Heritage Conservation, TU Vienna
Hanna Szemző, Sociologist, Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest


How can communities drive the adaptive reuse of heritage spaces? How to engage people in adaptive reuse with the help of participatory processes and inclusive governance? How to move heritage buildings out of real estate speculation? How to create economic models that have a positive impact on an area and a local community?

VENUE: KÉK (Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre), 1111 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 10-12., Budapest
WHEN: Tuesday, 5 December 2023, 19.00-21.00

Heike Oevermann, Head Professor at the Chair of Heritage Conservation, TU Wien
Hanna Szemző, Metropolitan Research Institute
Barbara Szij, KÉK / Budapest100
Árpád Bőczén, Association of Cultural Heritage Managers
Levente Polyák, Eutropian / Cooperative City


Open Heritage. Community-Driven Adaptive Reuse in Europe is a new book published by Birkhäuser, co-edited by Eutropian’s Levente Polyak, building on the research project OpenHeritage.

Heritage is a crucial component of our individual and collective identities, communities and social infrastructure as well as our urban and rural fabrics. Heritage assets, central to the imagination of residents of an area or a broader community, enable people to create spaces of sociability, develop new businesses, create new welfare services, implement the logic of the circular use of land and resources and experiment with new forms of decision-making. 

Offering a set of guidelines to develop cultural heritage for the future, the book brings together a series of case studies, analyses and stories of adaptive heritage reuse projects from across Europe, with a particular attention to initiatives to valorise the heritage value of buildings, non-speculative financial and economic models, inclusive governance structures, community engagement and positive territorial impact. 

Open Heritage, the book builds on Open Heritage, the H2020-funded project of 2018-2022, based on the urgent demand that a sustainable development of our cultural heritage in times of climate change, social inequality and the polarisation of society is only possible if we open up the definition of cultural heritage, make planning processes more inclusive and enlarge the circle of people who can be involved in its care.

Read more about the project here, read in-depth case studies here and and watch the case study videos here

Read more about Eutropian’s heritage-related work here.

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