ATRIUM Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XX° Century in Urban Management (www.atrium-see.eu)
From wounds of an inconvenient & terrible past, the architectural traces of totalitarian regimes of XX° Century could become an important source of local development, if they were managed & valorized through a trans-national cultural route (in compliance with requisites set out by the Council of Europe with the Resolution n° 12/07) corroborated by tourism cultural products..
To this direction, ATRIUM project is being implemented since early 2011 within the framework of SOUTH EAST EUROPE Transnational Cooperation Programme, Priority Axis 4: Development of transnational synergies for sustainable growth areas, Area of Intervention 4.3: Promote the use of cultural values for development.
ATRIUM has been designed to create a new cultural route, new services, and hence new jobs, (hosting, guiding, monuments, restoration etc.), especially for young people and women.
ATRIUM pursues the following specific objectives:
(I) identification of case-studies in the areas concerned (analysis of urban maps, urban & architectural works), and hence of their underlying concept of city and power as well as meanings in term of relationships between citizens & totalitarian institutions;
(II) selection of buildings & places of particular signification under past regimes, which could have (or currently have) a new aesthetical, functional & social task in contemporary democratic city;
(III) preparation of a trans-national Manual (also for training purposes) of wise management, preservation re-use & economic valorisation of this "inconvenient" heritage;
(IV) identification, collection & digital cataloguing of photograph archives, films, oral witnesses, furniture, etc. of the epochs concerned;
(V) design of a cultural route on this heritage, in compliance with requisites set out by the Council of Europe;
(VI) promotion of forms of cultural tourism for economic valorisation of heritage concerned (and training of necessary operators), capable of attracting segments of international, especially European, growing cultural tourism demand, & hence to create new services & jobs.
The partnership of the Project involves a balanced mix of 18 bodies (local authorities, universities, cultural & development entities etc.), distributed in 11 countries: Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Romania.
Municipality of Forli, Italy www.comune.forli.fc.it
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture www.fa.uni-lj.si
Municipality of Velenje www.velenje.si
National Institute of Immovable Cultural Heritage
Municipality of Plovdiv www.plovdiv.bg
Szechenyi Istvan University http://info.sze.hu/
Local Government of Gyor City with County Rank
Institute of Construction and Architecture of the Slovak Academy of Sciences www.ustarch.sav.sk
Metropolinate of Moldavia and Bucovina - Archidiocese of Iasi
Institute for Innovation & Sustainable Development AEIPLOUS www.aeiplous.org
Cultural & Educational Technology Institute ATHENA www.ceti.gr
Town of Labin www.labin.hr
Fund of microregional tourism cluster Subotica-Palic www.klaster.palicinfo.com
Tirana Municipality www.tirana.gov.al
Bosnia and Herzegovina
ROTOR Organization for development of tourism of region Doboj
Municipality of Rasa, Croatia
Associated strategic partners
Ministry of Culture, Bulgaria http://mc.government.bg
ANSO - On-line Publishers Italian Association, Italy www.ansa.it
ATRIUM project's brochure