Regionally anchored and internationally connected, CLARA’s vision is to bridge the gap between the urban and the rural and create shared values. Promoting dialogue, experimentation, research, innovation and the transfer of knowledge, they want to challenge patterns of thinking and behaviour, and explore contemporary solutions for the revitalisation of low density regions, while integrating, involving and empowering the local community, embracing their skills, perspectives and traditions.
The goal of the project is to develop the Odemira region while attracting people there and creating new job opportunities. By restoring ecosystems, investigating and promoting the region's full potential and expanding its cultural offer, they want to improve local living conditions, support artists and designers and attract more visitors, new residents, talent and investments to the region.
Transforming a derelict brick factory that once served as an economic and social anchor for the region into a Centre for Rural Future, they host activities that promote eco living, cultural activism and ethical tourism.
The whole rehabilitation process will be sustainable, starting from the planning to the construction, product development and contemporary design. Everything is based on innovative materials and processes and sustainable techniques. For example, hot water is supplied by a solar system and food supplies are organic and preferably bought from local producers.
While Odemira is the municipality with the largest territory in Portugal, its interior has one of the lowest population densities in Europe. The CLARA project aims to reverse these negative trends, through the restoration and reconstruction of a brick factory, which previously acted as an anchor for economic and social activity in the area. The aim of the project is to give back to the population of the Alentejo region, where Odemira is located, transforming a derelict factory that once served as an economic and social anchor for the region into a Centre for Rural Future. CLARA is a collaborative workspace for research, training and innovation, promoting a creative environment where people live and work together for a specified period of time, stimulating the debate on local issues and encouraging the commitment of all involved. The loan will allow CLARA to turn this project into a reality. Also, it is backed by a co-financing contract from 'Turismo de Portugal', which is committed to refunding CLARA 50% of their expenses.
In the first construction phase, it is necessary to install infrastructures and equipment to accommodate residents. The construction of the equipment is an architectural project and construction of the Collective Warehouse for CLARA. Partners of the project are Sustainable Construction Portal and the Circular Economy Portugal.
Payments Status: On time