FA Cultural HeritageSince October 2006 and till March 2008, the CHRAF Project has been supporting the activities related to the Focus Area of Cultural Heritage, its dissemination, coordination and integration into the ECTP and FP7. More information...
Safeguarding our cultural heritage for future generations
Cultural heritage enriches the collective memory; this makes the future of Europe human and friendly to its population. It is also the basic asset on which tourism is built. Construction activities and heritage preservation needs will however be in conflict if they are not considered together at the intial planning stage of any development.
The main challenge involves the application of special techniques, materials and processes in order to maintain the rich cultural heritage of the European Union. This is of crucial importance for all stakeholders oriented towards the maintenance and preservation of European cultural identity in the face of ever increasing globalisation. A robust research partnership between the construction industry, institutes and universities is important for heritage protection and its integration into the contemporary life of cities. The need to keep all stakeholders (e.g. authorities, construction professionals, academics, urban planners, sociologists, economists, environmental professionals, tourism operators, marketing professionals, researchers and training specialists etc.) in touch with heritage developments will be maintained within the European Construction Technology Platform.
The research challenges related to the involvement of the construction industry in the preservation of cultural heritage are focussed at the intersection of technology and environment. Socio-economic impacts need to be assessed in order to reach the goals of a consequence based approach to heritage protection.
The number of challenges - preservation, rehabilitation, integration in urban and natural, environment, increase of life quality, economic promotion, multicultural tolerance, spreading of awareness, knowledge transfer, and impact assessment - will be responded to by the activities of different working groups.
The main topics, forming the foundations of heritage preservation, are: assesment, monitoring & diagnosis, materials, intervention techniques, environment & energy management, exploitation & maintenance together with city & land aspects.
The above are integrated with need for the development of knowledge, and its transfer through education and training. The implementation of sustainability principles in the protection of cultural heritage together with constant care for socio-economic aspects are also of vital importance. The latter will help to drive the development of relevant European directives, codes and standards particualry in relation to readiness and consequences related to natural hazards.
The active engagement of the European construction industry in the preservation of cultural heritage is crucially important for future generations and offers very significant RTD challenges.If you are interested in participating or if you want more information, please contact Mr Roko Zarnic from GI ZRMK, Ms Isabel Rodriguez-Maribona from TECNALIA and Ms Myriam Crolard from Saint-Gobain Weber who are leading this Focus Area.