Innovate Heritage has an ongoing series of collaborative publications.

Image above: Angelique Sansossian (Syria/Lebanon) from series Mouharamat


Innovate Heritage: A Time-Lapse

Contemporary Art and Heritage in Today’s Society

This forthcoming publication sparks from the 2014 Innovate Heritage conference in Berlin, which initiated this as a research platform. A collection of essays and multimedia visuals from artists, academics and heritage professionals carries over a personal reflection timelapse of 7 years. Sharing once and reflecting again on knowledge and conceptual works from Syria, Nigeria, Germany, England, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Macedonia, Italy, Bulgaria, Netherlands and Iran.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (2022)

Cultural Commons and Urban Dynamics

A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Cultural Commons & Urban Dynamics (2019). 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.

Art and Economics in the City

New Cultural Maps

Art and Economics in the City (2019). The 2016 Innovate Heritage Conference Proceedings has been published.

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

… We are face to face

my nose pressed against yours

Hongi mai…we breathe in the ages

I smell violence

Where are 

Your mountains

Your waters

Your people

I smell decimation …

Rosanna Raymond
excerpt from Innovate Heritage TIMELAPSE (2022)

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