Urban Regeneration starting from the built heritage in Campulung, Romania

posted Sep 7, 2011, 1:04 AM by Marko Brasovan   [ updated Sep 7, 2011, 1:27 AM ]

Between 10 of August and 20 of October 2011, the Câmpulung Municipality together with its partners, The Municipal Museum of Câmpulung and the Faculty of Architecture - “Politehnica” University of Timișoara, will implement the project “Urban regeneration for Câmpulung starting from the built heritage”. The project is financially supported by Administraţia Fondului Cultural Naţional (The Administration of the National Cultural Fund).

Example of a building inside the heritage protection area

This is an unique initiative for the small and medium communities in Romania, designed to improve the living standards of the residents through integrated urban development focused on the protection of the built heritage.

The project contributes to the protection of the built heritage by developing "The Built Heritage Code" for Câmpulung and a "Good Practice Guide" concerning the rehabilitation of the buildings that are part of the protected urban site called “Orașul istoric Câmpulung”.

An interdisciplinary team of specialists in art history, urbanism, architecture and public communication will prepare the documentation for "The Built Heritage Code" and for "The Good Practice Guide". The Code and the Guide are much needed tools for the owners of historical monuments and the citizens of the historic town of Câmpulung because it makes the conservation and sustainable use of built heritage more transparent to the general public.  The specialists will work together with a group of young architects from the Faculty of Architecture - “Politehnica” University of Timișoara who will perform an extensive field research. They will provide an inventory of the historical monuments included in the National List of Historic Monuments and of other buildings inside the protected area.

        The research and documentation process is complemented by public debates concerning "The Built Heritage Code" where the citizens of Câmpulung, especially the heritage buildings’ owners are invited to participate and share their ideas, issues and wishes. The debates will be used to refine the Code and Guide to be rooted in the local realities and useful tool for the owners of buildings inside the built heritage protection area.

The poster inviting people to the public debate

"The Built Heritage Code" for Câmpulung is edited in accordance with the applicable laws in the field of historical monuments, ensembles, protected areas and protection zones.  The Code and the Guide are instruments of the local authority designed to support the citizens and the service providers in the field of conservation, restoration and heritage protection. Approved and adopted locally by the decision of the Town Council, these documents will provide a solid foundation for updating the city's Urban Master Plan (Planul Urbanistic General).

"The Good Practice Guide" will be distributed free of charge to the owners and administrators of historic monuments in Câmpulung. Moreover, the team of young architects from the Faculty of Architecture in Timisoara will be present on site at the end of the project in order to distribute the manual and to communicate directly with the owners of historical monuments answering questions and providing more information on the important role of historical buildings in the urban health of a community.

Cuba Study Tour - Easter 2011 successfully completed

posted Apr 28, 2011, 4:49 PM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Apr 28, 2011, 4:50 PM ]

16. - 23. April 2011 ESUA successfully completed its annual study tour to Cuba. The tour was the fifth in row organized by Claus Zapffe and prof. Julio Cesar Hernandez Perez, with 15 participants from Norway, Canada and the US. The tour received good feeback from the participants, and ESUA has decided to increase the frequencey of its study tours to Cuba to at least two tours per year. The next tours are sheduled for Autumn 2011 and for Easter 2012.
Please click here for the Easter 2011 tour announcement and the tour programme.

ESUA conclusions presented at Harvard Kennedy School conference

posted Apr 13, 2011, 4:33 PM by Claus Zapffe

Besim Hakim presented key conclusions from the ESUA report on the curriculum model (including diagrams, etc.) at the Harvard Kennedy School conference in Arab urbanism and design education.

ECHOE partnership meeting

posted Apr 1, 2011, 12:28 AM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Apr 1, 2011, 6:56 AM ]

ESUA fas been participating through Moderno AS at a two days partnership meeting 31. March and 1. April in Alden Biesen in Belgium on the ECHOE - Education in Heritage, Outdoor Education project:

Funding application submitted for ESUA-3

posted Feb 28, 2011, 2:18 PM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Feb 28, 2011, 2:23 PM ]

ESUA has through Moderno AS today submitted a funding application to the Norwegian National Agency of the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Union, under the Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation action. The application is for a 2 year project to establish the ESUA curriculum as a permanent tertiary vocational college of architecture at the CPPC - Centre for Professional Training in Culture in Bucharest, a sub-unit of the Romanian Ministry of Culture and Heritage. The project has a total budget of 399.986 Euros, of which 75% are proposed to be funded by the Lifelong learning programme, and 25% by the project partners.

Please see ESUA Phase II for more information.

EDUAC project successfully finalized

posted Jan 13, 2011, 5:14 AM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Jan 13, 2011, 5:38 AM ]

The EDUAC project has been successfully been finalized. EDUAC is short for "European Network for Urbanism and Architecture: Educational Dissemination in Urbanism, Architecture and Crafts". The project was funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Program (LLP) and by partner contributions. 

The following partners participated in the EDUAC project:
W thank all the involved partners for their great contribution to the project. Please find more information about the project on the project website:

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

ECHOE project startup

posted Jan 12, 2011, 11:05 AM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Jan 13, 2011, 6:12 AM ]

ESUA participated through Moderno SRL at the startup meeting of the ECHOE project on 13 and 14 December in Bucharest, Romania. the project sets out to develop new tools for outdoor education within the field of cultural and natural heritage. For more information on the project, please visit read more here.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

ESUA will participate in new Turkish project

posted Sep 21, 2010, 5:13 AM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Sep 21, 2010, 6:02 AM ]

ESUA has been invited to become a partner in a new Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project by the Mardin Cultural Tourism Association in Turkey: Traditional Architecture and Urbanism: Curricula and Training Course Development. The project has been awarded funding by the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Union.

A model of the historic center of Mardin. Source: Wikimedia

Project summary from the original project description by the Mardin Cultural Tourism Association: 

Mardin is one of the anxious places of Anatolia and the city is between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in the area called Mesopotamia. So many civilization settled in the city throughout the history. All the civilizations settled in the city, left their culture (such as tombs, fountains, baths, home) and most of these places are about to demolish. Today by means of all the civilizations leaved in Mardin, the city excepted one of the world heritage place. 

Mardin's cultural heritage vanishes due to lack of scientific approaches,qualified employees and not take into account of cultural fabric in urban transformation applications in Mardin. 

Degradation of the natural environment; urban fragmentation and sprawl; loss of local identity in the face of globalization; loss of skills needed to protect and build upon local heritage, and to realize its economic value; and incoherence of the development process are the important challenges of the Turkey built environment. The Association of Mardin Culture, Tourism and Publicity offer an integrated curriculum of urbanism and architecture for aiming those challenges. We will do this through a model of learning that is project-based, inter-disciplinary, collaborative, and international. We will develop this curriculum for entering students, graduate students and continuing professionals through an open model of collaboration and dissemination with our partners. 

The outcomes of our project are educational curriculum including the subjects which are construction materials used in restoration and fiber of historical places; a web site including information about the data that we get from our partners and latest applications about urban transformation and historical places; course aiming for older peoples to work in urban transformation applications. 

By the help of curriculum we are going to educate students about urban transformations with latest norms of EU and with the help of this curriculum young people will be able to have a job. And also the course will make the adults have a job in this area. It means that the project will provide new area of employments for the citizen of Mardin. The web site developed within the project will provide actual Information about the urban transformation in Mardin and EU especially in our partner’s country. 

Since, urban planners does not have enough skill for planning the urban area, the urban transformation applications are not successful at all. Therefore, the conduction of vocational training, and a centralized system of learning is needed. To solve this problem, it is aimed that the products of a previous LdV-LLP project called "ESUA - European school for traditional architecture and urbanism" will be transferred.

Fjellugla Kompetanse AS

posted Sep 1, 2010, 2:54 PM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Dec 7, 2010, 1:53 PM ]

Yesterday Fjellugla Kompetanse AS was formally founded, a Norwegian not-for-profit adult education provider. ESUA is through its holding company one of the 13 founding partners. With this new strategic partnership ESUA plans to expand its operations in the culture and adult education sectors.

Read more about Fjellugla Kompetanse AS at

ESUA will participate in new ECHOE project in Romania

posted Jul 24, 2010, 10:56 AM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Dec 9, 2010, 1:40 PM ]

ESUA is one of seven partners in the new "ECHOE: Education for Heritage, Outdoor Education" project. Project promoter is the Center of Professional Training in Culture (CPPC) in Bucharest, Romania. From the original project description: The ECHOE project will explore ways to combine education for / about heritage (especially related to historic and archeological sites) with outdoor education (including ecology, heritage protection, sports, leisure and open air activities). This is an educational area very little explored and exploited, the number of programmes trying to combine the cultural-historic side of a site with open air activities is very limited.

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