European Standards for Vocational Training in Urban Regeneration

Our partnership aims at establishing proper and reliable standards of vocational training in integrated urban regeneration. The principle is to provide a basis for thinking about urban regeneration and therefore the partnership involves academics and practitioners. We would like to achieve through provision of manuals containing examples of best practices in urban regeneration form Europe. The project is funded by the Leonardo da Vinci fund to develop a strong partnership and framework for future collaboration; however we are planning to expand the project through a different stream of funding.

In the first year of the project partners exchange know-how in field of urban regeneration as a interdisciplinary subject of didactic and vocational activity, comprising heritage management, financial aspects of regeneration projects, GIS analysis, sustainability and innovative applied urban conservation methods. The main approach will be continuous dialogue between partner institutions during meetings, mutual visits and through exchange of didactic and training materials.

During the second year of the project the partners will develop manuals for practitioners from each partner country focused on different aspects of urban regeneration, based on the most up to date case studies from each partner. This approach will ensure that partners can present good examples of practice in their countries and provide an opportunity to think how these could work in other places.

The final manuals should form a basis for programmes of vocational training and for formulation of uniform standards for vocational training in the field of urban regeneration. Its particular value is in focus on the World Heritage Site Cities, which are required to maintain highly effective management regimes in order to meet standards set up by the Word Heritage Committee, not only in spatial terms, but also social, concerning outreach schemes. The outcomes of the project will be translated into native languages of each partner.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

SATURN meets for the first time in Edinburgh

The first meeting of the SATURN Partnership took place in Edinburgh on 26th – 27th November 2012 at Acheson House (Edinburgh World Heritage office). The meeting was preceded by Skype conversation to agree operational arrangements.

Acheson House - Edinburgh World Heritage headquarter

The first day allowed partners to meet altogether for the first time. The project is strongly focused on an art of city management and therefore we try to learn about each other’s place. This approach allows development of understanding to decisional processes, cultural contexts and accurately add/bring own values. This is the moment when European dimension comes in.
Edinburgh World Heritage team gave a presentation on own activities, projects and strategies to inspire and get to know SATURN’s partners. A good discussion has started afterwards leading to many interesting ideas for the project itself and additional collaborations.

After lunch we started a field trip in Edinburgh from the Museum of Edinburgh where David Hicks (EWH Communications Manager) was leading a guided tour to explain history of the city and its spatial development. 

                                            Guided tour to the Museum of Edinburgh with David Hicks

After that we joined Chiara Ronchini (EWH Energy Efficiency Manager) to find out about energy efficiency measures used in the World Heritage Site and their application at Sir Basil Spence buildings in Canongate (the Old Town).

                 Sir Basil Spence's buildings in Canongate                   

We finished our day at the Edinburgh City Chambers where Prof. Marek Bryx, Dr Dominika Brodowicz and Dr Aleksandra Jadach-Sepioło from the Warsaw School of Economics introduced the partners to didactical methods of the School as well as dynamics of revitalisation processes in Poland. The series of presentations was closed by Daniela Patti of CEIT Alanova (Vienna), who explained the role of her research institute and the potential of GIS methodologies, which are being applied in the city management strategies.


Introduction to the World Heritage Site with Adam Wilkinson and "the beasts" - EWH mascots Daisy and Grace

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