EU-Funded PALIMPSEST Project Kicked-Off in Milan to Regenerate Sustainable Heritage Landscapes

The Horizon Europe PALIMPSEST project, which aims to regenerate lost “sustainability wisdom” underlying the production of heritage landscapes, held its kick-off meeting on 22-23 March 2023 in Milan, Italy with the active participation of ISENSE Group of ICCS. Coordinated by the Politecnico di Milano, the PALIMPSEST consortium includes 24 organisations from 11 European Countries. The project runs from 1 March 2023 to 28 February 2026 and has a budget of € 3M.

Inspired by the original meaning of the Greek word παλίμψηστος (palimpsestos), PALIMPSEST adopts a re-writing perspective and grounds it on a living heritage approach. Through co-creation processes involving creative actors, technical stakeholders, and civic society, PALIMPSEST aims to imagine new scenarios and experiment with innovative practices connecting human actions, landscape heritage, and sustainability objectives. PALIMPSEST will integrate landscape services in environmental-sensitive solutions with sustainable finance infrastructures to support the sharing and circulating of positive externalities among landscape service actors and communities. PALIMPSEST revolves around three pilots with strong cultural identities and relevant environmental problems: Lodz (PL), Milan (IT), and Jerez de la Frontera (ES).

Isense Group of ICCS is responsible for the Communication and Dissemination of the project as well as for the use of a mobile Augmented Reality application (CirculAR) which will be part of the dissemination and communication activities, and through the augmented content developed within the project, it will aim, not only to disseminate the project objectives related to heritage landscapes sustainability, landscape generation, and CCI empowerment to a wide range of end-users, such as citizens, researchers and public bodies, but also to assess and validate the user engagement and acceptance towards proposed solutions and services.

On the 24th of March, HeriTACT and PALIMPSEST joined forces for a public kick-off event in Milan about how to better experience living heritage in Europe. The event, jointly organised by the PALIMPSEST and HeriTACT Projects within the framework of the New European Bauhaus, aimed to analyse the role of architecture and artistic practices in living heritage transformation processes.

PALIMPSEST project coordinator, Professor Grazia Consilio, said, “We are excited to kick-off this project and bring together experts from across Europe to work towards regenerating sustainable heritage landscapes. We hope to use creative and innovative approaches to address some of the challenges faced by cultural landscapes in Europe and to empower local communities to take action towards a sustainable future.”

With PALIMPSEST’s focus on regeneration, the project aims to provide a roadmap for sustainable development in cultural landscapes, while also preserving their unique identities and cultural heritage. The PALIMPSEST project looks set to make a significant contribution to Europe’s cultural and environmental landscape, and the kick-off meeting marks an important step in this journey.

PALIMPSEST project partners

Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Aalborg University (AAU) , Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3), ANCI Toscana (ANCI), SemantiKa (SEM), Ayuntamiento de Jerez (JER), Fundarte (FUND), ERSAF, Institute for Communications and Computer Studies (ICCS),  Nomad Garden (NGAR), NOVELCORE (NVCR), COAL, Lodz Art Center (LAC), University of West Bohemia (UWB), CULTURALINK (CLINK), KARAKORUM (KAR), City of Lodz , Lodz Academy of Fine Arts, Associazione ETRE, Grupo Desarrollo Rural Campina de Jerez, Major Cities of Europe (MCE), ECOMUSEO di Parabiago, International Federation of Landscape Architecture (IFLA),DESIS Polimi


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