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Assist. Prof. Dr. Sonja Ifko University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture

Referring to the future of ATRIUM project and the role of the manual having been created for a successful management of specific architectural heritage, there are some undeniable facts and factors that dictated its development.

Generally speaking one of the key features of the twentieth century architectural heritage is that in most environments its preservation role is still in the process of winning recognition. Moreover, the project examines the part of the architectural heritage created in the specific circumstances of totalitarian regimes. In some cases architecture was the propaganda arm of the political system, while in some other environments it resisted the political pressure, and traced its own path, which diverged from the political rigidity. Such different concepts have also been reflected in the heterogeneous cases featured in the project.

The main objective of the ATRIUM project is to create a cultural route on the architectural heritage of totalitarian regimes, and to contribute to better insight and understanding of this traumatic period in European history. To reach the objective and to implement it into the already available systems of the urban management programs, we aim to provide answers to two sets of questions.

The very first question that should be answered is how to effectively assess, evaluate and preserve the most significant remains of such historical periods. In continuation the question raised is how to develop the management guidelines relevant to the systems of all eleven partner countries involved. The guidelines should be in sync with the national heritage management principles and the heritage protection system. At the same time the guidelines should create conditions for the universal approach to the management of the cultural heritage route, for one of the key objectives of the project is to expand, and to include new locations from the countries not integrated into the project yet. The recommendations for the management guidelines were obtained from the research work done by various experts who aimed to give accurate answers to the suggested starting points, and thus contributed to more effective and systematic researching. Subsequently a great deal of recommendations is focused on the appropriate guide to analytical research work, upgraded with the suggestions for the management of the entire system, as well as the management of individual sites.

The project is a pilot version, the quality of which will be assessed and evaluated only after its practical use. The creators of the project thus expect a response from its users, local communities, and experts whose experience will immensely contribute to the optimization process of the urban architectural heritage management, as well as the manual update. Therefore the existing manual should be the basis for the development of a systematic approach to the preservation of heritage, originating from a specific period. Only in this way can it make a step ahead on the route to a comprehensive presentation of the architectural heritage of the previous century, which is an objective part of the European history.


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