Kairós – Heritage as urban regeneration

Kairós – Heritage as urban regeneration

TASO was hired as lead expert for KAIRÓS, an URBACT Action Planning Network focused on expanding the role of cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable urban development and regeneration. To that aim, an ad-hoc integrated approach was tested by assembling a number of key dimensions, namely: Space, Economy, Social Cohesion, Attractiveness and Governance. This KAIRÓS five-pillar model proved to be helpful in driving action planning in a variety of circumstances and local needs. From revitalizing Šibenik´s old town, a place with an outstanding beauty in the Croatian seashore, but affected by depopulation, tourism-driven gentrification and lack of urban vitality during the low season; to reverting the vicious circle of degradation of the historic Barrios Altos of Mula, in the southeast of Spain. The project worked at two levels. Locally, each network city co-produced an Integrated Action Plan along with a group of selected stakeholders. Internationally, a learning and exchange itinerary was rolled out, including baseline study, thematic workshops and papers, study visits and peer-reviews.

Making heritage work for sustainable urban development. The KAIRÓS five-pillar model [download]

Baseline study [issuu]

KAIRÓS fue una red transnacional, desarrollada dentro del programa URBACT, donde TASO ejerce de consultor principal. La misión del proyecto fue testar un marco de intervención innovador compuesto por 5 dimensiones clave [Gobernanza, Espacio Urbano, Economía, Atractividad, Cohesión Social y Gobernanza] para la regeneración urbana basada en el patrimonio y proyectada sobre centros o barrios históricos. KAIRÓS es ya un referente en maximizar el papel del Patrimonio en las estrategias de desarrollo urbano sostenible.


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