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Third transnational Atrium project meeting - Ljubljana, Velenje, Slovenia

The third transnational project meeting has been held in Ljubljana and Velenje, Slovenia and has been organized and hosted by the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of architecture in collaboration with the Municipality of Velenje. During the three day meeting, May 16.-18., 41 participants from 15 different countries discussed the current affairs of the ATRIUM project, evaluated the progress since the previous meeting and decided on next steps in the project for the future. The agenda for the three days was packed with the contents and the intensive work and discussion sessions were interrupted only by working lunches. The 18 partner consortium brings a lot of cultural versatility and multiplicity of views on the project topic, with the lively debate never far away.

First day – Wednesday - started with the short overview of the state of the art of the project. The host Tadeja Zupancic welcomed the guests and lead partner Municipality of Forli represented by large delegation headed by project leader Claudia Castellucci presented the agenda, reported on on-going activities and consortium status. Ognjen Tomic from Forli has acted as the chair and the coordinator of the meeting.

The introduction has been followed by the report on Survey and Forum Media (WP3) by NIICH Sofia partner and Municipality of Velenje. The transnational survey of case studies has finished successfully. The English brochure of the Survey is printed with national versions prepared for print. Four forum medias have been finished (Forli 2x, Greece, Gyor) and additional are on their way.

After the lunch the topic of digital cataloguing of selected items (WP4) has been introduced by Ceti Athena partner and discussed with the others. The participants got to know the structure and functionalities of the cataloguing tool and the catalogue itself, layouts, editing possibilities, public/private access, etc. The lively discussion ensued about the primary and secondary sources that will be catalogued and their distinction, definitions and format. It has been decided that the topic will be on the next day agenda as well, getting into more details and feedback from the participants.

Partners from Ljubljana and Subotica have led the crucial and productive round tables on topic of: Preservation & reuse & renovation and Management and economic valorisation. Both are the major issues in the upcoming Manual of wise management, preservation, reuse and economic valorisation of architecture of the totalitarian regimes of the XXth century. Partner by partner expressed their views and opinions on what they expect from the manual, what the envisioned content is, how to organize it, what are partners’ experiences with this sort of heritage and what can be used and learned from such cases. The contents of the manual and new target dates have been discussed and agreed upon on Thursday morning, concluding the talks on WP4.

Thursday started with the training seminar on Cultural Routes. The very informative session on the Council of Europe, European Institute of Cultural Routes supported by illustrations of successful cultural routes and some guidelines has been introduced and led by Penelope Denu, Executive Secretary, Council of Europe Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes Director, European Institute of Cultural Routes and Eleonora Berti.

The next two sessions - before and after lunch - were revolving around digital cataloguing. The catalogue is one of the fundamental contributions of the project to the field and will be used by partners, experts and general public. The Ceti Athena partner surveyed the participants of the meeting on items that they would like to have included in the catalogue, definition of subgroups, characteristics of elements and some functionalities of the cataloguing tool. During the lunch the survey has been analysed and summarized and the findings and conclusions presented to participants after lunch. The results will serve as the basis for the further development of the cataloguing tool.

The scientific committee of the ATRIUM project has been productive as well. It met during lunch on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss manual and other issues.

The day concluded with the guided tour of the Republic square in Ljubljana - one of the case studies that were included in the initial survey and could be experienced first-hand by the partners – and with a pleasant, but working dinner at Ljubljana’s castle.

The last day – Friday – has been dedicated to an on-site experience and study visit of Velenje. The bus has picked up the participants in the morning and transported them to Velenje. Couple of sites in the city have been included in the Survey and the city itself has the specific flair the project is interested in. The meeting

venue has been recently renovated Villa Bianca, with the educational seminar on the Atrium web page and content management system a stroll away, in the Municipality building. Helena Knez and Marko Govek from the Municipality of Velenje (Slovenia) opened the working session welcoming all the participants. During the short stay and the commute between two venues the participants could experience the pulse and the ambient of the town and seen the architecture of the socialist past in situ.

The day’s discussion was focused to dissemination and communication issues (WP2), the participants learned how to manage and add contents to the web site. The dissemination and communication topics have been on the agenda also in the after-lunch session, where some slight modifications to ATRIUM web page have been proposed and the timeframes for next steps settled upon.

The meeting concluded on a positive note with brief discussion on administrative and financial issues with participants saying goodbye till the next meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

 

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