100 Buildings / 100 stories

The historic city of Hermoupolis is rich in architectural heritage, much of which is endangered or decaying. The basic idea of 100 buildings/100 stories is that buildings need people to maintain their value. Beyond the technical preservation of a building, the local community can keep the heritage alive by recognising and sharing its qualitative value: the stories it tells. The challenge of 100 stories/100 buildings was to sensitise citizens to the vulnerability of their built heritage and encourage them to take action to preserve it.

The solution was to transform the conservation management plan into an active, creative and participatory process. 100 Buildings/100 Stories allows residents to tell, share and recreate the stories of the city and its buildings. Through digital storytelling, the initiative builds a bridge between the tangible and intangible heritage of the city and stimulates community engagement. Through the online portal, users are invited to share a story, propose a heritage-worthy building or both. Users can also upload photos, audio and video files. The stories are registered and hosted on an online page. A QR sign is then placed in front of the building in question. Visitors can scan the sign with their mobile phones and discover the history of the building through the eyes of the community.

Why is it regenerative?

With this initiative, the city of Hermoupolis intends to:

  • Arouse the curiosity of the citizens to discover the stories behind the buildings of Hermoupolis;
  • Enable the community to recognise its heritage and raise awareness of its fragility;
  • Develop a sense of collective ownership of the heritage and strengthen the sense of belonging to a place;
  • Enable the community to express their own views on the future management plan for heritage conservation;
  • Encourage collaboration between individuals, public schools, the university and cultural organisations;
  • To become an umbrella for other local activities of the various stakeholders.

Project partners met in Aveiro on the 14th and 15th of September 2023. It was the perfect opportunity to visit the destination with regenerative glasses on, to understand its many assets but also some of the challenges the destination is facing. Face to face project meetings always provide the partners with the unique opportunity to learn about the work of the hosting partner and get valuable insights about the destination. In this case partners were hosted by the dedicated team of management and tourism professionals of the University of Aveiro who shared a wealth of insights about a city that was new to many of the participants.

The Enforce project is well on track when it comes to the project work plan, which means that after having completed the Best Practice collection of innovative examples about storytelling for regeneration and also the Storyteller’s Guide, partners used the meeting to discuss the development of the Enforce Training Programme.

For the next few months partners will be working on developing the content in line with guidelines provided by the University of Usak, our project partner from Turkey.
The course should be available for piloting in January/February 2024 and will also be available in the partner languages once all translations are finalised.

The ENFORCE team met in the beautiful city of Luxembourg for its kick-off meeting. It took place at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (also known as CCIL), which opened its doors to warmly welcome all partners.

The team was aware of the importance of this first meeting and approached it with the same enthusiasm, as it plays an important role in building strong bonds that will contribute to the success of the entire cooperation. With the common goal of building a solid foundation, the participants discussed in depth the first steps required for the project ENFORCE.

During this visit, the project objectives were discussed in depth to ensure that each partner has a comprehensive understanding of the overarching goals. The outcome of the kick-off meeting was extremely satisfying for all partners and generated enthusiasm among the team. It was a success and left everyone inspired and energised.

The journey of ENFORCE has officially begun and with the collective expertise of the committed partners, there is no doubt that it will thrive and achieve remarkable results.


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Project N: 2022-1-LU01-KA220-VET-000089887

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