Project facts

Project coordinator: Università degli Studi di Firenze (ITALY)
Project consortium: Università degli Studi di Firenze (ITALY); Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (PORTUGAL); Universitat de Barcelona (SPAIN); Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (PORTUGAL)
Funding bodies: JPI CH
Subject areas: Ethnology, History, Tangible Heritage, Built Heritage, Rural Heritage, Urban Heritage, Archives, Monuments - Sites, Objects, Cultural Landscapes, Materials, Conservation, Monitoring, Technologies - Scientific processes, Methods - Procedures, Heritage values - Identity, Heritage Management, ICT tools, Digitization, Book History
Contact: info@f-atlas.eu Project leader: Stefano Bertocci: stefano.bertocci@unifi.it

Presentation

F-ATLAS aims to study the Italian-Spanish-Portuguese Franciscan Observance network, in order to define an "Atlas" of documentation and knowledge for conservation, protection and promotion of this scattered Cultural Heritage. The remote location of these buildings and their connection with the surrounding landscape and territory instances the issue of peripheral and abandoned areas and contributes to defining a map of criticalities.

The proposal aims at combining traditional and innovative techniques in order to develop risk assessment methodologies, protocols, and tools and to create user-friendly interfaces for the management and the enhancement of Cultural Heritage.

CONCEPT

The spiritual legacy of St. Francis of Assisi (1181/82 - 1226) characterizes European culture and survives through his rules, spiritual texts and mendicant orders; despite this, many architectural complexes have lost their original function and values. The importance of mendicant friars in the transformation of urban and rural landscapes has been recognized only recently. This project aims to study the Italian-Spanish-Portuguese Franciscan Observance network, in order to define documentation for conservation, protection and promotion of this scattered Cultural Heritage. The remote location of these buildings and their connection with the surrounding landscape and territory instances the issue of peripheral and abandoned areas and contributes to defining a map of criticalities.

STRATEGY 

F-ATLAS proposes a methodology that combines traditional and innovative techniques to assess the present state of the Italian-Portuguese-Spanish Franciscan mendicant network and to define an "Atlas" of documentation and knowledge for conservation, protection and promotion of Cultural Heritage. The aim is to increase the quality of management and monitoring of architectural complexes, which have lost their original function and values. The focus is specifically on the Cultural Heritage that is located in peripheral and remote areas and needs particular attention to protect and conserve historical features and demo-ethno-anthropological testimony, which are an integral part of the European culture.

The development of a network of cultural and sustainable tourism, through the reuse, will connect the dispersed heritage, as per UNESCO CH guidelines, can provide awareness and pass on traditions. The collaboration between researchers from different countries and fields of intervention contributes to the development of an interdisciplinary approach, a common language and methodology necessary to implement collaborative and replicable protocols.

Impacts & Results

The main objective of the project is to develop methodologies, protocols, and tools for the management and enhancement of cultural heritage in the digital era.

The project aims at developing new strategies for layered experiences through ICT and innovative methods to reuse, through the interaction, the cultural heritage, by designing hiking and cycling routes and developing digital and virtual tools.

The expected outcomes will facilitate awareness of European citizenship based on the sharing of common values and achievements.