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Alexandru Beldiman, Romanian architect, was born on the 30th of January 1943 in Bucharest, Romania. Since 1994 he is an associate professor in The History of Architecture at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. In addition, he is the founding partner of the architecture office of BBM Group company and the president of The Foundation for Architecture and Urbanism called “SIMETRIA”. Over his professional career, he published several articles in the Romanian newspapers such as: “Architecture”, “Design”, 20th Century”, “21st Century”, “Arts”. He has a large experience in the architectural field which he acquired from the consolidation, restoration and urban planning for various buildings in Bucharest and from the elaboration of urban plans in the same city area. He participated in various international conferences in Paris, Rome, Beijing, Berlin, New York and he is a member of the UNESCO Council in Romania, of The European Cultural Parliament and of the Union of Architects. Although he has a wide portfolio of studies and works, his main fields of interest remain the research in cultural heritage, urbanism, rehabilitation and urban planning.

Born in 1968 in Maribor. Graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana in 1994, where she also finished her doctoral studies with thesis Preservation of industrial architectural heritage in Slovenia in 2003.

Since 2005 she works as an Assistant Professor for Architecture and Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture, UL. She is a tutor for Design studio in 4th and 5th year and she is lecturer for subjects Urban and architectural renovation, Heritage interpretation and Preservation of contemporary architectural heritage.

Her main research area is history of industrial and 20. Century architecture, and in that context their developmental characteristic and preservation approaches. Among that are important part of her research work also studies and projects for heritage interpretation /cultural and natural/, architectural heritage presentation approaches, revitalisation and re-use of architectural heritage and museological concepts.

She is an author of several scientific articles in different reviews and monographs and had held lectures in a various international and national conferences.

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She is member of DOCOMOMO, TICCIH and ICOMOS, she is also member of ICOMOS Slovenia National Board.

Maya Grekova is a sociologist who has worked on problems of social communities, ethnic minorities, Roma problems. She is profesor in Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Sofia, Bulgaria where she introduce a Master programme Urban Studies some years ago being its director. In the frame of that programme Maya Grekova teaches “Introduction to urban studies”, “Communities in the city” and leads the students’ training research. Prof. Grekova is the head of a three year project ‘Urban Studies: interdisciplinary researches for young scholars’ financed by National Scientific Researches Fund ( Her books include 'I and the Other (Dimensions of Strangeness in Posttotalitarian Society). Sofia: Sofia University Press, 1996; 'Minority: Social Construction and Experience.' Sofia: Critique and Humanism, 2001; (ed.) 'The City: Social Reality and Image.' Anthology. Sofia: East-West, 2002'Roma in Sofia: from Isolation to Integration?' (In collaboration with V.Dimitrova, D.Kjuranov, N.Germanova, J.Markova.)Sofia: East/West, 2008; all in Bulgarian.

Stephen Gundle is a cultural historian who has written widely on Fascism, Communism and modern culture, with reference mainly but not exclusively to Italy. A former Fellow in Politics at University College, Oxford and Professor of Italian Cultural History at Royal Holloway, University of London, he is currently Professor of Film and Television Studies at Warwick University. His books include Between Hollywood and Moscow: the Italian Communists and the Challenge of Mass Culture, 1943-91 (Duke University Press, 2000; Italian edition Giunti, 1995), Bellissima: Feminine Beauty and the Idea of Italy (Yale University Press 2007; Italian edition Laterza, 2008), Mass Culture and Italian Society from Fascism to the Cold War (Indiana University Press 2008, with David Forgacs; Italian edition Il Mulino 2008), Glamour: A History (Oxford University Press 2008) and Death and the Dolce Vita: The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s (Canongate, 2011; Italian edition Rizzoli forthcoming). He has recently directed an Arts and Humanities Research Council project on ‘The Cult of the Duce: Mussolini and the Italians 1918-2005’. The collective book authored by members of the project team will be published by Manchester University Press in 2013.

The European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR) was established as part of a political agreement between the Council of Europe and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Ministry of Culture, Further Education and Research) as the technical body implementing the Council of Europe’s cultural routes programme. Since 1988, the Institute has worked in close collaboration with the Council of Europe in carrying out its tasks, namely to ensure the continuity and development of the programme of the Cultural Routes in the 52 signatory countries of the European Cultural Convention and, depending on the geographical and historical requirements of the themes, in those countries which have had and continue to have close relations with Europe. The EICR is located in the Centre Culturel de Rencontre – Abbaye de Neumünster, in Luxembourg. It houses an extensive documentation resource and a specialised library on the routes. The Institute receives regular visits from the routes’ network operators as well as project managers, researchers, students and members of the general public. The EICR also participates in European training and research programmes in the area of cultural tourism.

The Institute organises thematic seminars and specialist training, collaborates in the setting up and running of the routes and participates in events and exhibitions, promoting a greater awareness of the links between culture, tourism and the environment. From 2004 to 2006 the Institute managed the visibility and communication work of the European research programme PICTURE (Proactive management of the impact of cultural tourism on urban resources and economies). In December 2010 the Council of Europe adopted an Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) and decided to establish its seat in Luxembourg at the EICR, with the support of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Full Professor of Architectural Design, course in Elements of Buildings. Born in Forlì on April 10th 1946, he lives and works in Florence. Besides working as a Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, he continuously carries out design research activities within national and international competitions, as well as architectural projects. He wrote a number of essays about education and the evolution of the Faculty of Architecture in Florence since its foundation, thanks to the important contribution given by all the Professors, both through their educational and professional activity. Visiting Professor at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris La Villette in Paris, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Universidade Lusiada in Lisbon, Berlin Polytechnic. Since 1998 he has been Head of the Office of International Affairs of the Faculty of Architecture of Florence. He is member of the Accademia degli Incamminati in Modigliana. He is currently the Director of the Department of Architecture – Drawing History Design of the University of Florence. His main books include La città variabile, Maggioli, Rimini 1992 (The changeable town); Italo Gamberini, dal Razionalismo all’Internazionalismo, Alinea, Firenze 1995 (Italo Gamberini, from Rationalism to Internationalism); Firenze 1945-1947- Gli anni della Ricostruzione, Alinea, Firenze 1995 (Florence 1945-1947- The years of Reconstruction); Itinerari di Architettura moderna, Forlì, Cesenatico, Predappio, Alinea, Firenze 1997 (Itineraries of modern architecture, Forlì, Cesenatico, Predappio); La città progettata, Forlì, Predappio, Castrocaro, Architettura e Urbanistica fra le due guerre, Casma, Bologna 1999 (The designed town, Forlì, Predappio, Castrocaro, Architecture and Urban Planning between the two wars); Il complesso monumentale di San Mercuriale a Forlì, Restauri, La Greca, Forlì 2001 (The monumental complex of San Mercuriale in Forlì, restoration works); Castrocaro, Città delle Acque, Vespignani, Forlì 2002 (Castrocaro, the Town of Waters); Firenze, Piazza D’Azeglio alla Mattonaia, Alinea, Firenze 2003 (Florence, Piazza D’Azeglio alla Mattonaia); Vincenzo Pilotti - Città disegnata, città progettata, Alinea, Firenze 2003 (Vincenzo Pilotti – Drawn town, designed town); Portoferraio - Progetti per la città, Polistampa, Firenze 2003 (Portoferraio - Projects for the town); Le radici del razionalismo in Romagna, Menabò, Forlì 2005 (The roots of rationalism in Romagna); Marco Palmezzano. Itinerari nelle Romagne, Silvana Editoriale, Milano 2006 (Marco Palmezzano. Itineraries in Romagna territories); La Pandolfa .Dalla storia all’eternità, Menabò, Forlì, 2009 (La Pandolfa. From history to eternity); Predappio e la Valle del Rabbi. Storie del Novecento, Menabò, Forlì, 2010 (Predappio and the Rabbi valley. Stories of the 20th century)


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