Heritage for people : Sharing vernacular knowledge to build the future

The publication presents the results of the project ‘Versus-Heritage for People’, funded by the Creative Europe EU programme. The main aim of the project was to actively involve a broad audience and raise awareness among it concerning the value of vernacular knowledge in shaping more sustainable and resilient models of development. The material and immaterial elements constituting a vernacular heritage (encompassing local materials, construction methods, models for living and social interaction, technical and environmental knowledge for the management of territories, natural resources, settlements, etc.) have enormous potential for generating forward-thinking models that can improve the environmental and social quality of our habitats, foster a sense of identity and belonging, and relate in a balanced way to the capacities of our planet.

This 250-page book focuses on the many ways local building intelligence can be passed on, so that the idea of making the most of a region’s resources can spread to all strata of society. It contains 78 articles by 64 authors on topics such as conservation and design, educational strategies, community participation but also management and dissemination of vernacular knowledge. The outcome is the result of the collaborative efforts between the five academic institutions involved in the project – Universitat Politècnica de València as coordinator (ES), University of Florence (IT), University of Cagliari (IT), CRAterre-ENSAG (FR) and Escola Superior Gallaecia at Universidade Portucalense (PT).

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AE&CC (2023, December 7). Heritage for people : Sharing vernacular knowledge to build the future. The UNESCO Chair. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from

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