The 3rd Heritage Forum of Central Europe. The City

16-18 September 2015
Internstional Cultural Centre

Cities, as mirrors and hallmarks of our civilisation, some of the most spectacular human inventions, are phenomena which challenge full understanding. They are multilayered compositions of social interactions, economics, infrastructure and a growing number of inhabitants. As Jane Jacobs has said, they are a complex problem of interacting factors that are interrelated into an organic whole; at the same time they generate problems of climate change, crime and inequality and, on the other hand, originate creative solutions as well as hopes and dreams for many. Analysing the city brings together researchers and practitioners from various disciplines: urban planners, economists, sociologists, social psychologists, anthropologists, historians and art historians. It is this interdisciplinarity and innovation that the organisers hope to attract to the debates and sessions of its 3rd Heritage Forum of Central Europe focused on “The City”.
The Heritage Forum of Central Europe is a biennial international conference where specialists from Central Europe, as well as researchers and experts on the region from all over the world, discuss the issues of cultural heritage. The Krakow conference is the voice of Central Europe on the philosophy, management, protection, economics, politics and social issues of cultural heritage. The Forum is organised under the auspices of the V4 Cultural Heritage Experts’ Working Group, comprising Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Gyula Forster National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management in Budapest, Monuments Board of the Slovak Republic and the International Cultural Centre in Krakow.

Events open to the public:

16 September, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Central European city and its identity – Prof. Jacek Purchla (International Cultural Centre, Krakow University of Economics)
Conservation 3.0 - Integrated conservation in the age of smart specialization strategies –prof. Christer Gustafsson (University of Uppsala)

18 September, 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Cities: Refashioning needed! On revitalisation in cities.

Cities in Central Europe have been undergoing a dynamic change. Competitions for the European Capital of Culture held in recent years In our region have shown the great potential that culture has for city development, while issues concerning revitalization of degraded areas through art have been an important element in application documents. The aim of our discussion on aspects of revitalization in cities is primarily to demonstrate various experiences in reviving degraded areas such as: post-industrial buildings or neglected city centres. The guest speakers of the discussion: from Žilina in Slovakia, Pilsen in the Czech Republic and Łódź in Poland, which in recent years has been realising a pilot revitalization project com-missioned by the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, will have an opportunity to present the most crucial conclusions drawn from their hitherto undertaken actions. An exchange of experiences in this field is vital, since the new financial framework of the European Union for 2014-2020 contains resources for wide-ranging support for revitalisation pro-jects. What is also important is an observable growing activity of citizens engaged in efforts to improve their quality of life in cities. Urban activists are a catalyst for communication between the authorities and the citizens, and therefore take part in revitalization processes. Crucial in these processes are not only renovation and modernisation but also the needs of inhabitants, ensuring their further functioning in a given location and a better quality of life.

Panelists: Marek Adamov (Slovakia), Tamás Fejérdy (Hungary), Jarosław Ogrodowski (Poland), Petr Šimon (Czech Republic),
Moderated by: Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik (Polska)

The conference is held in English. Opening lectures and the closing debate will be translated simultaneously into Polish.