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On Friday, 6th of May 2011, the events organized in Forlì to officially implement the project of the Municipality of Forlì about the Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of XX Century in Europe “ATRIUM” were concluded. This project, funded by the Transnational Cooperation Programme South-East Europe (SEE), aims at developing a candidacy dossier to submit to the Council of Europe for the creation of a European Cultural Route.

After the kick-off meeting, term of the Europeanist language to indicate the very first technical meeting of the project, the international network of partners coming from Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Romania became really operative. The activities that are to be implemented are different and complex: from a first analysis and identification of architectural cases-studies to be included into the “Route” to the elaboration of a technical manual addressed to experts for the management, preservation, re-use and econonomic valorization of architecture of the European Totalitarian Regimes of the XX Century, to the digital cataloguing of the architectural, archivistic and immaterial heritage and finally to the design of the Cultural Route to be presented to the Council of Europe.

After the welcome speeches by the Mayor of Forlì Roberto Balzani and by the City Councillor of Culture and European Policy Patrick Leech, the works got to the heart of the matter through a Lectio Magistralis held by Arch. Ulisse Tramonti of the University of Florence who showed a picture of the architectural heritage between the First and the Second World War. Then the Joint Technical Secretariat of SEE Programme, the Representatives of the Italian Region Emilia-Romagna and of the SEE National Contact Point as well as all the international partners gave their important contributions. The European Institute of the Cultural Routes of Luxembourg that will take the chair of the Scientific Committee of the project was present during the whole programme and gave a significant input to the debate.

The many citizens coming to the public meetings and the bright debate among the international partners have certainly stressed the interest in this topic not only on a local but also on an international level.

The second transnational meeting was organized by the Metropolinate of Moldovia and Bucovina, Archidiocese of Iasi, in Bucharest and Iasi on 14-16 November 2011

The topics of the meeting included the presentation of case-studies identified by each partner, discussion about the structure, scope and main purposes of the transnational Survey, presentation of the table of content of the transnational Manual and digital catalogue format.

The 2nd Steering Committee meeting of the ATRIUM project Steering Committee was also organized and several project's administrative-financial and communication issues was discussed among the partners.

During the meeting the European Institute of Cultural Routes performed the second training session on Cultural Routes. The Institute presented the steps which are to be followed within a Cultural Route project, stressing on the requirements that the project should achieve in order to get the acknowledgement as a Cultural Route.

Alongside the meeting, the 1st Scientific Committee meeting of the ATRIUM Scientific Committee was organized in Iasi. The members of the Committee provided the partnership with scientific suggestions on how to deal with the projects' activities.

In addition, all the participants, led by Alexandru Beldiman, Romanian architect and member of ATRIUM Scientific Committee, visited some of the most representative examples of the communist architecture in Bucharest and Iasi.

Meeting agenda

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.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

On the First day of the meeting Welcome note and introduction of participants was made by host Emilia Kaleva and legal representative of lead partner Patrick Leech. We started meeting with the short overview of the state of the art of the project. Afterwards discussion was about Digital catalogue: Digital catalogue tool, requirement and cataloguing format. Demonstration was made on example of a catalogued item Port Administration Building, Greece. Conclusion was that in December all PPs and the scientific committee should input to the cataloguing content by suggesting key words. PPs will submit the updated set of cataloguing items to AEIPLOUS. By March the cataloguing tool should be filled in. Further discussions were about prolongation of project duration; budget reallocation and spending targets; additional activities to be implemented in the WP6. Proposals presented by lead partner were accepted and a new date of ending of the project was determined: 31 October 2013.
Next issue on Agenda was realising of fifth issue of Newsletter and website editing. All present agreed that web page managing is work in progress and that all partners should contribute with articles, news. The new issue of newspaper will be realised in time. Afterwards main topic was about Constitution of the transnational Promoting Association, which should be founded in June 2013. The meeting was concluded for the day and all participants were invited to the opening of the exhibition of ATRIUM project - Bulgaria during Sofia Architecture Week in the National Palace of Culture.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Second day started with brief meeting of the Scientific committee with the University of Ljubljana. Main discussion of the day was about the presentation of the stage of the Manual and training seminars which should be organized per country. The format and the organization depend on the budget and needs for each PP. Each PP can choose to use the English version, or to translate the Manual, or just some parts. The feedback of the seminars will be used to correct and produce the final version of the Manual. Presentation of representative of European Institute of Cultural Routes on all elements to be included in the final dossier for establishment of Atrium Cultural route followed. Afterwards we discussed about Constitution of the transnational Promoting Association (LP). Presentation and discussion of the statute of the Association (structure, roles, involvement of the municipalities, etc.). One of the conclusions was that 15 December 2012 is the deadline for suggestions for the name of the Association, different than “ATRIUM – Architecture Of Totalitarian Regimes Of The 20th Century In Europe And Urban Memory.”
The Association will be created in Forli in June 2013 with legal representatives of municipalities, authority leaders, etc.. Some municipalities expressed their readiness to join the association right away at the meeting in Sofia: Municipality of Forly, Municipality of Forly-Cesena, Municipality of Dimitrovgrad, Municipality of Patras, Municipality of Labin and Municipality of Subotica. Thursday, 29 November 2012 Third day all Project partners took part in a workshop discussion on the subject suggested and moderated by Alesia Mariotti (University of Bologna). The first topic - values of transnational and local routes as a product of ATRIUM project. Second topic – negative aspect as a result of transnational and local routes. In both workshops each partner contributed with highlights and key words. After the end of the meeting in Sofia which was held in the National Palace of Culture, on 29th and 30th November has been organized a study trip to Dimitrovgrad. The program of the study trip on 30th November started with a meeting in the building of the Municipality of Dimitrovgrad with the Deputy Mayor for the international cooperation and programs Mr. Rosen Kuzev.
During the meeting the guests had the possibility to discuss the upcoming Association of the ATRIUM Municipalities. They were provided with materials that promote the history, architecture and culture of Dimitrovgrad. Their visit continued with a tour around the first case – study in the ATRIUM project – City center of Dimitrovgrad. At that time in the center was arranged the retrospective exhibition called “Dimitrovgrad – before and now” and project partners had the chance to see how Dimitrovgrad changed through the years. The walk around the City centre continued with a visit of the Historical museum - Dimitrovgrad where the delegations became acquainted with the history of the “youngest city in Bulgaria” which had its 65th anniversary in 2012. There was a short overview of the brigade movement in Bulgaria during the totalitarian regime and due to which movement Dimitrovgrad was built being until nowadays so emblematic for that type of regime. The delegation also saw how has the everyday life through 50’s and 60’s looked like in the exhibition called “Life through 50’s and 60’s years of the XX centuries in Dimitrovgrad”. After the visit in the Museum there was a visit to the plant “NEOCHIM” PLC-one of the biggest in Bulgaria in producing fertilizers, organic and inorganic chemicals. There our guests met with the Chairman of the Municipal Council – Mr. Stefan Dimitrov and discussed the potential of the plant for becoming a part of a route for the industrial heritage of that period. The study trip continued with a walk in the park “Penyo Penev” – the second case – study of Dimitrovgrad, dedicated to the poet Penyo Penev – emblematic for the ideology of the regime and the only one park included from the 11th countries in the frame of the ATRIUM project as a heritage of the totalitarian regimes. The trip finished with a quick pass through the third case – study which Dimitrovgrad has – “Treti Mart”Boulevard. The urban development complex of “Treti Mart” boulevard is a living evidence of state planning in the epoch of totalitarian rule and development of society, and its ideas of that time. The site bears the characteristic features of the “socialist period” and of the world tendencies in urban development as a whole. During the study trip and during the little time that we had in Dimitrovgrad tried to show to the partners the whole potential that Dimitrovgrad has for being a part of the ambitious ATRIUM project.


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