Phases of the project

In Phase 1, we organize an online summer course as part of the summer course series at CEU to connect experts from the region and to provide a platform for knowledge transfer from regions with relevant experience. It focuses on the potential of industrial heritage as a transformative force in post-industrial regions. The 5-day online course will be jointly organized by all partners with their active contribution, bringing their expertise in many areas. We invite lecturers from Western European countries and the United States to share their interpretations and practices. The 20 participants will be practitioners in relevant fields of the region to channel the result of the knowledge exchange to their own projects.

In Phase 2, as a follow-up to the course, we plan to continue the cooperation as a network of academics and practitioners. During the autumn 2020 when face-to-face meetings are possible, a further one-day workshop to develop this network will be held. This face-to-face workshop will be essential to build the mutual understanding and confidence to support the network.

In Phase 3 this network will engage with experts and practitioners by organizing a workshop. The workshop in April will be a follow-up event of the summer university course, offering the opportunity to fully concentrate on the problems and challenges of the Visegrad countries with regard to the reuse of industrial heritage. It will also reflect on new challenges and use the occasion to reflect on how the reuse possibilities of industrial sites have been affected by the COVID epidemic and the ensuing economic and social crisis. The workshop will be three days long, with a decidedly academic focus on the first day, looking at the issue of industrial heritage reuse in the Visegrad 4 countries from a scientific point of view, building on the results of the summer university. The second day will then take a step forward, have a practice-oriented, policy focus. It will be designed to welcome practitioners and municipal employees, who are more likely to attend shorter events. The first two days will be used to strengthen the network that has been developed since the summer course. The third day will be a study trip, visiting industrial towns in NW Hungary, and visiting Bratislava’s Old Market Hall, which is operated by a project partner. The questions raised and discussed, and the knowledge generated during the summer course will serve as a solid background of the discussion during the workshop. A summary of the workshop will be transferred into an online publication, that will also help the dissemination of the project results and their sustainability.