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Foundation of Transnational Atrium Association for the presentation of the cultural route

by Lead Partner

On 15th June 2013 the ATRIUM – Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the 22th century in Europe's Urban Memory - Association has been founded in order to promote and manage the ATRIUM Cultural Route. The founder members of the Associations are: Municipality of Forlì (I), Municipality of Labin (HR), Municipality of Dimitrovgrad (BG), Municipality of Doboj (BiH), County Council of Iasi (RO), Municipality of Predappio (I), Municipality of Cesenatico (I), Municipality of Forlimpopoli (I), Municipality of Catrocaro and Terra del Sole (I), Municipality of Bertinoro (I). Main objects of the ATRIUM Association are:

  • disseminating knowledge, protecting and promoting the European heritage - both tangible and intangible - associated with the architecture and history of the 20th century, with special focus on periods marked by dictatorial and totalitarian regimes in Europe;
  • coordinating the local European itineraries of the Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the 20th century within the framework of a single ATRIUM transnational route;
  • carrying out activities aimed at fostering the study, knowledge and enhancement of the cultural and architectural sites and itineraries in cooperation with universities and research centres.

The main result of the cooperation between the partners has been to bring together different experiences in order to discover shared aspects of this experience. The definition of a European Cultural Route can provide a way for European citizens to explore certain aspects of their twentieth-century history, looking at traumatic events, through the prism of urban landscapes in the different countries and cities. The transnational Cultural Route suggests a tourist itinerary that connects several countries of Eastern Europe which share a desire to focus on the architectural heritage of the different totalitarian regimes they have experienced from a cultural and historical point of view. The urban landscape still visible on the streets of the cities of these countries is a testimony to the traumatic nature of the first half of the twentieth century as well as the subsequent birth of a democratic Europe and a European Union project firmly based on a rejection of these totalitarian experiences.



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