Post date: 2014-11-04

Fortified heritage sites and their surrounding landscapes built between the 16th and 20th century represent a considerable cultural value in Europe. During the last decades these vast sets of heritage have lost their original defensive functions. The majority of these sites are situated close to urbanised areas, and thus represent a great potential for accomplishing socio-economic regional development goals. Although nowadays the surrounding urbanised territories are increasingly ‘conquered’ by the development of new and modern constructions, there are several assets that haven’t been tapped, representing great potential for increasing attractiveness of towns and regions.
The re-use and exploitation of renovated and revitalised fortresses, should be organised in accordance with the needs of the 21st century. These new economic functions will generate resources for future maintenance of the cultural values of these sites.

In order to maintain these cultural values and to make the fortified heritage sites real drivers of regional sustainable development, public bodies responsible for their operation, maintenance and exploitation must find solutions to the following problems and/or challenges:
– multifunctional reuse
– enabling conditions
– governance

At Fort thematic ateliers have been organised to exchange knowledge and to give guidelines to these three main topics of the At Fort project. The combined experiences and expertise has been used by the partners to improve their own project, resulting in a collection of good practices and 10 implementations plans.

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