Welcome to Innovate Heritage, an international and transdisciplinary research platform. Through events, online media, publications and partnerships, Innovate Heritage facilitates discourse and knowledge exchange between arts and heritage, uniting artists, scholars, and heritage and arts professionals.

2019 IH Publication „Cultural Commons and Urban Dynamics“

Cultural Commons & Urban Dynamics. Today, cities are being intensively reshaped by unexpected dynamics. The rise and growth of the digital economy have fundamentally changed the relationship between the urban fabric and its resident community, overcoming the conventional hierarchy based on production priorities. Moreover, contemporary society discovers new labour conditions and ways of satisfying needs and desires by developing new synergies and links.

This book examines cultural and urban commons from a multidisciplinary perspective. Economists, architects, urban planners, sociologists, designers, political scientists, and artists explore the impact and implications of cultural commons on urban change. The contributions discuss both cases of successful urban participation and cases of strong social conflict, while also addressing a host of institutional contradictions and dilemmas. The first part of the book examines urban commons in response to institutional constraints from a theoretical point of view. The second and third parts apply the theories to case studies and discuss various practices of sustainable planning and re-appropriation in the urban context. In closing, the fourth part develops a new urban agenda as artists imagine it. This book will appeal to scholars interested in the social, economic and institutional implications of cultural and urban commons, and provide useful insights and tools to help local governments and policymakers manage social, cultural and economic change.

Join us for the book presentation, 3 December 2020!

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2019 International Symposium & Artistic Event

Innovate Heritage is excited to announce its next conference and artistic event at the Università di Catanzaro „Magna Graecia“, Italy.

CULTURAL COMMONS AND URBAN DYNAMICS: a new economic paradigm for a complex social map

Based out of the Department of Law, Economics and Sociology at the University of Catanzaro, Italy, this two-day conference will explore and probe the important relationships and overlaps of heritage, contemporary arts and practices of sharing on the background of the present urban condition. The conference will focus on dilemmas, issues and effects of cultural commons, looking specifically at protocols, values, norms and collective actions. Particular focus will be placed on the role of creative actions and emerging forms of cooperation in preserving and engendering cultural value, while cross-breeding tradition and innovation.

2019 IH Publication „Art & Economics in the City“

The 2016 Innovate Heritage Conference Proceedings has been published! Find out more

Art and Economics in the City: New Cultural Maps

Authors: Irene Litardi, Lavinia Pastore, Valeria Morea, Tom Rankin, Clarissa Pelino, Domenica Moscato, Ottavio Amaro, Marina Tornatora, Arthur Clay, Monika Rut, Lia Fassari, Federica Antonucci, Lidia Errante, Verena Lenna, Michele Trimarchi


Innovate Heritage 2016 „Art & The City: New Cultural Maps“

27th-28th of October 2016 at the School of Architecture, Mediterranea University.


The University of Reggio Calabria, Italy, is hosting the first satellite edition of Innovate Heritage!

The two-day workshop „Art & The City: New Cultural Maps“ explores intuitions, approaches, views and actions from different perspectives and cultures, facing questions and dilemmas related to heritage management and governance in multi-cultural urban and metropolitan frameworks.

The discussion will focus upon the radical change affecting society and the economy, and transforming the cultural paradigm from a competitive and dimensional struggle into a participative and synergic challenge, with new needs to cross-fertilise tradition and innovation.

Economists, urbanists, jurists, architects, philosophers and artists will perform an intensive and non prejudicial exchange aimed at crafting sharp questions and drawing credible trails to our future, in the awareness of the growing importance of art and culture in social dynamics.

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Innovate Heritage : Conversations between Arts and Heritage Conference (Berlin)

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