Case Petrovaradin:Public events

02.08.2018

The first International Summer Academy on the subject of managing historic urban landscapes will take place from 6th August to 13th August, in the Lower Town of the Petrovaradin Fortress. A group of 30 young experts chosen via public competition, and coming from five continents, will work in Petrovaradin alongside the key local experts and leading practitioners and theoreticians in the domain of managing historic urban landscapes across Europe.

The Summer Academy program is on the flowing link Summer Academy Program Booklet Case Petrovaradin

The lecturers at the Summer Academy will be local and foreign experts, and the majority of the content will consist of direct field work and conceptualizing of development scenarios, projects and recommendations for the Fortress and its Lower Town area. During this time, a series of public lectures, discussions, presentations and media releases will be organized, with the goal of including the wider public and informing it about the current challenges and potentials for the future development of Petrovaradin.

“We have envisioned two evening events for the public, which will provide our fellow citizens with insights into the key discussions, practices and ideas about the management and revival of historic urban quarters around the world, and especially in Novi Sad and Petrovaradin”, said Višnja Kisić, from the organization Europa Nostra Serbia.

The first event will be a conversation on the topic New challenges, approaches and trends in managing historic urban landscapes, as a part of Divan and it will take place on the 7th August at 7 p.m, at Prostor, at 11 Beogradska Street in Petrovaradin.  The focus of the fourth Divan (public discussions within European Capital of Culture Novi Sad 2021) are the historic urban areas - all those parts of the city that represent specific historical units in which we like to stay, walk and lose ourselves as locals, or visit as tourists. These historical areas are the focus of heated contemporary discussions within the field of heritage protection, urban planning, sociology of the city, geography, ecology, tourism and economy. Do we need all of them and can we protect them? How to preserve not only individual buildings that are pearls of architecture, but also the urban structure, atmosphere, different layers of memory and social relationships that make up these neighborhoods? How to enable meaningful and sustainable economic and tourist development of these places, while caring for public spaces and public interests? How to manage these areas through intersectoral cooperation and participation of interested citizens and stakeholders?

The guests will include Dr. Ana Pereira Roders, the founder of the Global Observatory on Historic Urban Landscapes; Adam Wilkinson, the director of the foundation Edinburgh World Heritage, which manages the historic core of the city of Edinburgh; Dr. Loes Veldpaus, a researcher in the domain of the studies of urbanism, architecture and cultural heritage at the Newcastle University; and Katarina Maksimov, an architect and conservator-restorer at the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Novi Sad.

Beside this one, one more public conversations on the similar topic will be organized. Others’ gazes: ideas for the development of Petrovaradin Fortress” will take place 12th of August at 19h, at Prostor,  at 11 Beogradska , Petrovaradin

What happens when more than 30 professionals of different professions, from 26 countries from five continents, work in the same area, explore it, share it knowledge and experiences and imagine possible scenarios for the development of this area? We will have the opportunity to experience this in Petrovaradin, from August 6th to 13th 2018, when the first International Summer Academy on Managing Historic Urban Landscapes will take place! Focused on the challenges, potentials and perspectives of the development of the Petrovaradin Fortress, the academy gathers 30 experts - urban planners, conservators, tourism experts, artists, curators and others - who will work in Petrovaradin with key local actors and leading practitioners and theorists for managing historic city areas across Europe. Besides the lectures, discussions and research of the Fortress, participants will, through direct field work, intersections of their diverse professions and experiences, develop future scenarios, projects and recommendations for the area of the Petrovaradin FortressWe will also have the opportunity to hear about their ideas, proposals and perspectives at the public event “Others’ gazes: ideas for development of Petrovaradin”, which is also the final event of the Summer Academy. This is an opportunity for interested citizens to give their comments and suggestions to the teams and get involved in the process of imagination about the future of the Fortress and the presentations will be in English.

The preparations for the Summer Academy are ongoing; since May this year four research teams, chosen at the public competition, have been doing field research on the topic of space use, tourist valorization, interpretation and management of the Petrovaradin Fortress; the field research will last till the beginning of August, and it should provide the participants of the Summer Academy and the public with a better understanding of the current situation and the challenges the management of the fortress represents.

After the Summer Academy, within the same project, a seminar for the decision makers will be organized. This seminar is destined to urbanists, conservators and decision makers from different cities and municipalities in Serbia, and its goal is to inform the local decision makers about the modern practices in the domain of the management of city cores and about the project results, in order to stimulate the development of historic cities based on heritage conservation. The activities promoting the sustainable management of Petrovaradin will be accompanied by a publication under the name Case Petrovaradin: Dossier, which will cover all the field research done in Petrovaradin, international examples of good practices, and suggestions and recommendations resulting from the Summer Academy for experts.

Prostor – the Lower Town of the Petrovaradin Fortress

The venue for the activities within the project “Case Petrovaradin: Management of Historic Urban Landscapes” is Prostor, at 11 Beogradska Street in the Lower Town of the Petrovaradin Fortress. After the project, Prostor will open its doors to the wider public. Prostor is conceptualized as a place for exchanging knowledge, experiences and ideas, and as a place for joint work and creation, a place from which the first continuous stimuli for the awakening and revitalization of the Lower Town of the Petrovaradin Fortress will flow. Prostor will be a place for conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops on various topics, but also a place for exhibitions, art performances, acoustic concerts, film projections, culinary workshops etc.

The Summer Academy is organized within the project “Case Petrovaradin: Management of Historic Urban Landscapes”, which uses the exceptional urban area of the Petrovaradin Fortress, in Novi Sad, as a platform for the professional specialization of young experts, locally, regionally and across Europe, for responsible, sustainable and developmental management of historic cities. At the same time, the project represents an invitation for rethinking the current practices of managing the Petrovaradin Fortress as a cultural heritage, an opportunity to learn on this example and conceptualize alternatives for its future development.

The project is realized by Europa Nostra Serbia, the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Novi Sad, the Faculty of Sports and Tourism in Novi Sad, together with the international partner organizations: Edinburgh World Heritage, Europa Nostra, and the Global Observatory on Historic Urban Landscapes, under the auspices of UNESCO. The project is being realized within the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and Novi Sad European Capital of Culture 2021, and it is supported financially by the British foundation The Headley Trust and the Foundation NS2021.