Conference INCUNA Gijon/Asturias 30.09.2021


INCUNA invites to the XXIII Conference on Industrial Heritage a presence and heritage essence from a multidisciplinary vision of agri-food heritage, biocultural heritage and landscape with the title of Heritage with taste. We are facing an important activity of our life in society, which forces us to prioritise the conservation and valorisation of an essential heritage, material and immaterial testimony and with a strong cultural expression, inserted in a social construct that makes up the humanised landscapes with the knowledge and memory that they entail.


The agricultural, livestock or fishing activity, its know-how in the work and value chain in the territory, makes it possible for us to have food through a process of production, elaboration, transformation, commercialisation and in the development of a food chain that brings to our homes indispensable elements for people''s daily lives.

It is noted and argued in opinion and communication forums about the emptying of the population in rural areas, at the same time as concern is expressed about climate change, the need for sustainable development is insisted upon, and at the same time there is a growing interest in ecology, spreading appreciation for gastronomy or for the taste of the flavours of wines, oils, spices or various condiments, as well as a new interest in material culture and landscape, which turns our eyes to the witnesses and cultures of work or the remaining memory of the place.

Industrial, cultural and natural heritage, the landscape, the know-how and the work of our lands and our people have become the subject of new perspectives and urgent actions to build the future. We have become exquisite with an aroma, a perfume, a colour, a flavour, and meanwhile the link between people and the territory is broken, ancestral knowledge gets lost and we forget about the work and the conditions of existence and living of the people who make our current ways of life possible.

Through TASTE IN HERITAGE we will try to offer a multidisciplinary vision and consideration, highlighting: the history and technologies in devices, artefacts and architectures; emotions in the enjoyment of landscapes; flavours, gastronomy; emotions, aesthetics and admiration for the simple and natural; good practices in their conservation and architectural and building reuse; the memory of the place with its knowledge and chores; lifestyles and work cultures; the didactics and teaching of work and days in rural areas and primary activities; in the urban needs that depend on them; in the importance of climate change and sustainability for heritage conservation; the multiple stories that lead us to circuits and routes through the industrial agri- food heritage all over the world.

SESSION 2, 30.09.2021

Social Innovation, Heritage and Territorial Development.
Experiences of urban-rural sustainability, creativity and innovation.

Session chair: Federica Scaffidi (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Contributions by Jörg Schröder, Alissa Diesch, and Riccarda Cappeller (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

In a contemporary world affected by a global pandemic and climate change, the regeneration of urban and rural areas and abandoned heritage plays an important role for the sustainable development of territories. Urban planners and architects have examined experiences of reactivating such sites by adopting new socially innovative strategies, and circular and creative solutions for change. At the heart of the debate are initiatives and urban policies that encourage community engagement, new forms of management and recycling of local resources. The session promotes a debate on urban and rural development, sustainability, circular economy, social innovation, community participation and heritage. It discusses new concepts and horizons on how urban and rural vibrancy, innovation, technology and creativity reshape spaces and resources. The session showcases avant-garde examples of policy, initiatives and successful urban and regional development, and their impact on society, business and cultural heritage in the context of towns, villages, and rural areas. These practices generate a new sense of belonging to the place and develop a wide network of local activists, companies and social enterprises able to promote structural impact and economic growth.

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