Business & financing models for tomorrow’s heritage

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Business & financing models for tomorrow’s heritage

June 9, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0

A Webinar organized by Hub-In, CENTRINNO and T-Factor as part of the New European Bauhaus Festival 2022

Watch the full recording of the Webinar here.

This one hour webinar will be structured as an on-line talk presenting different voices about inclusive and sustainable urban regeneration processes in underused heritage areas in European Cities. Three different approaches to business models and financing systems will be presented, stemming from sister projects HUB-IN, CENTRINNO and T-Factor. The cases are wrapped in a single fictional storyline that develops into the event programme.

Can Jane save her city’s old factory? Being a young entrepreneur from a mid-sized European city, Jane is fully dedicated to turning the abandoned building into a flourishing place; a vibrant destination that people and businesses want to be a part of. But the journey is difficult and along the way Jane finds more questions than answers: 

  • Why are some old buildings coming back to live again when others are not? What really makes the difference?
  • How can we convince the owners that we can take the abandoned factory back to the days when it was a thriving community? 
  • And even if we would succeed with that: how can we make sure it will be a sustainable, inclusive, and beautiful space?

In just 60 minutes we will bring together the best of three European projects, and active audience members, to help Jane save the old factory.


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11:00 – 11:10. Introduction. Brian Smith, Heritage Europe & Allison Le Corre (as Jane), Energy Cities.

11:10 – 11:22. The Story of Volumes. Francesco Cingolani, Volumes.

11:24 – 11:36. The power of the temporary to activate sites and communities. Alejandra Castro, TU Dortmund University.

11:38 – 11:50. The power of communities and entrepreneurship. Pieter van de Glind, CrowdfundingHub.

11:50 – 12:00. Conclusions. Brian Smith, Heritage Europe & Allison Le Corre (as Jane), Energy Cities.

About the Speakers

dra Castro (TU Dortmund University)

Alejandra Castro is a researcher at the Social Research Centre of the Faculty of Social Sciences in TU Dortmund University. She studied Environmental Science in the Autonomous University of Baja California, and earned her first master’s degree as an Erasmus + Scholar in Aalborg University, Aveiro University, and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, then specialized in Urban Transformations at TU Dortmund. She specialises in the study of temporary urbanism as a tool for transformations, and is passionate about understanding how we can use impact frameworks to assess the influence of temporary uses in sustainability transitions and social innovation.

Francesco Cingolani (Volumes)

Francesco Cingolani is the co-founder and director of Volumes, a global innovation laboratory based in Paris committed to supporting the emergence of local ecosystems for positive impact through research, consulting and training in the field of social innovation, circular economy, sustainable food and digital fabrication. Francesco lives between Paris and Italy, where he started an NGO to convert the semi-abandoned baroque Villa Buonaccorsi into a civic laboratory to shape the future of Europe. Being an architect and engineer, Francesco is also committed to making the construction sector a more sustainable industry. For that, he has founded Design by Data, the first master in France for Computational Design and Construction Technology and he just started Driven, the first worldwide startup studio for the construction industry. Francesco sits on the supervisory board of the Fab City Foundation, a global network of 41 cities committed to produce (almost) everything they consume by 2054.

Pieter van de Glind (CrowdfundingHub)

Pieter van de Glind is a senior advisor at the CrowdfundingHub and co-founder of the Sharing Cities Alliance. He has a decade of professional experience in the sharing economy and urban development. Pieter authored several publications and gave +250 keynotes in +25 countries. His deep knowledge on sharing, digital platforms and new financial models empowers communities, business and governments to move forward on their goals. Currently he is applying community finance models to (1) a dozen cities from around the world to boost sustainable and inclusive urban regeneration, and (2) Europe’s transportation and mobility sector, to accelerate the uptake of sustainable solutions.