Alter-Places is an action-research project with a mission to empower Alternative Cultural Places (ACPs) as pivotal catalysts for innovation in the cultural sector. Investigating and sharing sustainable practices that contribute to a more equitable, eco-conscious, and sustainable Europe.

About this Initiative

In the autumn of 2023, Association MU, alongside six dedicated partners, embarked on the Alter-Places project. Taking as a starting point a holistic perspective of sustainability and ecological transition, Alter-Places aspires to explore, taxonomise, map, and disseminate sustainable and innovative practices implemented by ACPs in Europe, belonging to TEH’s network. The project involves in-depth case studies of ACPs facing significant urban revitalization challenges. Within this project and consortium, TEH will play a pivotal role in advancing the research aspect. This involves the execution of a quantitative survey aimed at gathering and showcasing best practices in ecological transition. The findings from this survey will be shared within TEH's robust network.

The details

The project uses innovative methodologies to contextualise and comprehend the complexities associated with the implementation of inclusive and sustainable models, evaluating their impact on various fronts:

  1. Transformation and renewal of existing buildings.
  2. Artistic programming and cultural activity production processes.
  3. Internal work organization and the development of new creative business models.
  4. The relationships between these places and the urban ecosystem.

  • Mapping ACPs' practices in the domains of social inclusion, economic and social innovations, ecological transition, and sustainable policy actions.
  • Delving into the knowledge and comprehension of sustainable practices and the challenges inherent in transforming and revitalizing places that embody inclusivity, aesthetic innovation, appropriateness, and sustainability.
  • Expanding our understanding of how ACPs can serve as catalysts for ecological transitions through the development of new socio-economic models and artistic practices.
  • Providing fresh insights into sustainable innovation by offering a toolkit and training resources to bolster the ecological transition of the cultural sector in Europe."

Alternative Cultural Places (ACPs) are defined as interstitial places in the creative city, characterised by a "do it yourself" approach, possessing a collective orientation.

Co-financed by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.