European cultural heritage includes several thousands of medieval ruins. The owners and managers of these sites face similar problems linked to their protection: ongoing destruction and limited options for their modern use. The RUINS project aims to give ‘a second life’ to medieval ruins through modern management and their re-use for contemporary, social purposes while preserving their historical values. The RUINS project goes far beyond the mere technical aspects in traditional approaches to the preservation of ruins.

It creates a new integrated model taking into account aspects of management, modern re-use and preservation. Activities combine research tasks linked to the documentation and evaluation of the technical state of ruins, conservation tasks linked to the form of protection of ruins and, most of all, aim at the contemporary use and modern management of historical ruins. These activities will enable stakeholders to prepare comprehensive management plans for ruined historical sites and at the same time for exploiting the economic potential of this heritage for regional development.

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