European prize to HOMEE Project
Politecnico di Milano led a European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra 2020's winning project
The European Commission and Europa Nostra have announced the 2022 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the heritage field. Amongst this year's winners, the HOMEE Project (Heritage Opportunities/threats within Mega-Events in Europe), led by the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of the Politecnico di Milano, in the category Research. Funded by the European Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage, the project was jointly carried out by researchers from Politecnico di Milano (Italy), University of Hull (United Kingdom), Neapolis University Pafos (Cyprus) and the International Cultural Center (Poland). It involved 16 associate partners, including national and local institutions and non-profit organisations dealing with heritage and mega-events from across Europe with the aim of exploring the relationships between the planning and implementation of mega-events and the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. The project generated the Charter for Mega-Events in Heritage-rich Cities to help decision-makers and heritage actors face emerging challenges.
HOMEE has established an important quality framework to help strike the balance when organising mega-events in heritage cities. The project promotes dialogue and innovation in the sphere of European cultural heritage in relation to urban planning, involving academia, cultural actors, local leaders, private enterprises and communities for the resolution of emerging challenges in rapidly changing contexts, with a view on the post-pandemic era.stated the Awards’ Jury.
Photo Credits: Zachary M. Jones, 2019