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C4R - Cultures for Resilience

The C4R project aims to foster resilient and inclusive European societies by developing participatory cultural practices of resilience and ensuring social transversality.

Faced with ecological emergency and being responsible for 70% of GHG emissions, cities need to reduce drasticly their carbon emissions while preparing territories for future challenges (heat waves, agricultural droughts, floods). The environmental consequences to come are likely to increase inequalities, weakening social cohesion and reinforcing ecological segregation: rich/poor, North/South, central/periphery. This is why we need to increase the resilience of all European territories, their capacity to adapt to shocks and then recover. Culture appears to be a structural tool for establishing sustainable economic and social development. The C4R project is part of this research framework and suggests developping a holistic approach to relience by using immersive cultural practices as a gateway to develop ecological, social and economic resilience practices and promote capacity building, learning and education in peripheral territories. For several years, the three members of the C4R consortium (an interdisciplinary architecture collective in Paris, an art institute in Utrecht acting for social changes and a network of art centres in Iasi and Bucharest) have specialised in the implementation of participatory and transversal processes of creative immersion and intersection between culture and ecology. These 3 structures witness the lack of knowledge on resilient cultural practices, the marginalization of populations in neighbourhoods outside traditional cultural centres, the over-visibility of a catastrophist culture combined with a phenomenon of identity withdrawal. All these factors are now holding back the emergence of resilient and inclusive European societies.

The C4R project aims to foster resilient and inclusive European societies by developing participatory cultural practices of resilience and ensuring social transversality.

C4R offers conditions for the production and dissemination of a diversity of cultures of resilience to counterbalance the over-hype of catastrophist productions and to influence and transform European collective imaginaries. During C4R, networks of the actors will develop a culture of translocal resilience within the EU, through the creation of spaces for physical and digital dialogue and collaboration.

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