ROCK supports the transformation of historic city centers afflicted by physical decay, social conflicts and poor life quality into Creative and Sustainable Districts through integrated implementation of technological, social and organizational innovations.
•Technological innovations involve using ICT tools for creating accessible, safe and environmentally sustainable cultural heritage areas
•Social innovations involve creating new communities of practices, participatory approaches and social inclusion
•Organizational innovations involve new mentoring strategies, new finance and governance models
The implementations are based on a circular systemic approach to connect and integrate different actors, places of cultural value and the provided innovations, 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 project is based on Role Model and Replicator cities approach. 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 a transformation program, financing and engaging key-players. The aim is to develop an innovative, collaborative and systemic approach to promote the effective regeneration and adaptive reuse in historic city centres by implementing a repertoire of successful heritage-led regeneration initiatives related to 7 Role Model selected cities: Athens, 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 centres will be tested in 3 Replicator Cities: Bologna, Lisbon and Skopje.