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Title: Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities
Acronym: ROCK
Funding: Horizon 2020 | H2020-SC5-2016-2017
Lead Applicant: Comune di Bologna Duration: 36 months

ROCK aims to develop an innovative, collaborative and systemic approach to effective regeneration and adaptive reuse strategies in historic city centres. By implementing a repertoire of successful heritage-led regeneration initiatives, it will test the replicability of a spatial approach and of successful models addressing the specific needs of historic city centres. ROCK will deliver new ways to access and experience Cultural Heritage [CH] ensuring environmental sound solutions, city branding, bottom-up participation via living labs, while increasing accessibility and safety in the involved areas.

The added value is the combination of sustainable models, integrated site management plans and associated funding mechanisms encouraging PPP, based on successful financial schemes and promoting the creation of industry-driven stakeholders’ ecosystems in 7 Role Model cities (Lyon, Turin, Liverpool, Vilnius, Cluj, Athens, Eindhoven) and 3 Replicator cities (Lisbon, Skopje, Bologna).

ARIES T through its 6 subsidiaries is considered the largest association of its kind in Southeast Europe. ARIES Transilvania has strong links and direct connections with the actors from Cluj-Napoca’s ecosystem like start-up communities, the local public authorities, software companies, tourism associations, universities, energy clusters. ARIES Transilvania created the iTech Transilvania cluster which aims to facilitate cooperative projects between its members, between its members and other companies/organizations from Romania and abroad, supporting innovation, providing technical and soft skills trainings for the employees of its member companies and creating a base of knowledge and trainers for running collaborative projects in ICT field. ARIES Transilvania team has great experience in clustering, events and trainings organizing, setting links and ways of collaboration between different entities (SMEs, authorities, universities), working with local authorities for the national and regional strategies.

ARIES Transilvania will mainly be involved in creating and strengthening ROCK communities of practice, disseminating and communicating at local and national level and in the exploitation phase of the project.

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