EGU2020-22143, updated on 12 Jun 2020
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Perspectives for Planning Approaches in Promoting Underground Built Heritage - COST Action Underground4value

Carlos Smaniotto Costa1, Tatiana Ruchinskaya2, and Konstantinos Lalenis3
Carlos Smaniotto Costa et al.
  • 1Universidade Lusófona, CeiED Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Education and Development, Lisbon, Portugal (
  • 2tvrdesign consultancy, Cambridge, UK (
  • 3University of Thessaly, Urban Planning and Urban Governance, Volos Greece (

The COST Action 18110 Underground4value ( aims to advance knowledge on how to guarantee continuity of use and significance of underground historic fabric. It is collecting information, experiences and knowhow to base the development of research and training. The Action focusses on underground regeneration, revitalisation of the public realm and skills development for people concerned with underground heritage.

This contribution centres the attention of the Working Group on Planning Approaches. It also looks at the role of local authorities, as enablers and facilitators, in coordination, use  and management of underground built heritage. In this framework underground built heritage is considered as a social resource with integrated programmes of physical, economic and social measures, backed by strategic stakeholder dialogue.

On the one hand, this contribution discusses the structure and goals of the WG, as it pays attention to the necessary complementarities between functional approaches – at the level of regions and city – and social and cultural approaches involving citizens’ engagement and empowerment – at the local level. This WG aims to provide a reflection on sustainable approaches to preserve the underground built heritage and, at the same time, to unfold the case by case approach for potential use of underground space. On the other hand, to achieve its objectives the WG on Planning Approaches is setting together potentials and constraints in the efforts to make better use of underground heritage. This contribution, therefore, sheds lights on the preliminary results of the WG. It is centred on the learned lessons, challenges and barriers - from a planning science perspective - that experts met in their efforts to tackle Underground Built Heritage. Achieving this goal makes the call for an educational paradigm shift - as the Action is not only interested in compiling the results, rather on experiences that can be analysed and learned. This requires a dynamic understanding of knowledge, abilities and skills, towards creating more effective coalitions of ‘actors’ within localities, by developing structures, which encourage long term collaborative relationships. Enabled by the gained knowledge, the WG will define the best tailored ways to forward this knowledge for planners and decision-makers.

How to cite: Smaniotto Costa, C., Ruchinskaya, T., and Lalenis, K.: Perspectives for Planning Approaches in Promoting Underground Built Heritage - COST Action Underground4value, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-22143,, 2020

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