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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 Budapest 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



Official web page of the South-East Europe Programme

Official web page of Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism

Official web page of Ministry of the environment and spatial planning of Republic of Slovenia

Italian contact point for the South East Europe Programme



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