Project facts

Duration: 2015-06-01 - 2018-05-31
Project coordinator: Newcastle University, Global Urban Research Unit (UK) and Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
Project consortium: Newcastle University Global Urban Research Unit (UK); Università IUAV di Venezia (Italy); Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
Funding bodies: JPI CH
Subject areas: History, Tangible Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Built Heritage, Urban Heritage, Methods/procedures, Mediation / Education, Heritage values & identity, Threats & changing environments, Heritage Management
Budget: 829.880.45€


The PICH project will provide a comprehensive assessment of the impact of fundamental reforms in urban planning and governance on the historic built environment and place identity.

The project will evaluate the effect of fundamental reform in planning and governance in three settings: the historic urban core, sites of industrial transformation, and the wider landscape heritage.

It will assess the impact of reform on the tangible built environment and place identity and develop evaluation and education tools.

The project is a collaborative exercise of academics, policymakers and civil society in Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK. This combination gives added value in the potential for comparative evaluation across all thermal models of planning.

Associate partners will be involved from municipalities, heritage organizations and other countries not directly funded by this call to test ideas under other conditions.

Impacts & Results

The project will meet a pressing demand for guidance on managing the built cultural heritage and place identity under more complex and uncertain conditions.

It will make a broad contribution to the Strategic Agenda in understanding the implications of fundamental reform, by drawing transferable lessons, and by proposing effective transferable methods and tools.

To provide new research-based knowledge about the impact of the reform of governance on the management of the urban cultural heritage and its interlinked intangible dimension, especially place identity.

The PICH project has the potential to make a significant contribution in terms of knowledge of current processes (especially the relationship between tangible and intangible) and alternative ways of influencing heritage management practice.

To share the task of knowledge creation and guide practice that could lead to tangible implementation.

The findings should assist in safeguarding the urban cultural heritage in tandem with its intangible dimensions because some management mechanisms are becoming redundant in the wake of changing conditions.

It should assist governments in developing more effective strategies combining a range of tools, and it should encourage effective re-use of the cultural heritage through innovation and better targeted urban governance and planning.

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