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Glasgow’s Art Nouveau Architecture - Heritage Project and Exhibition for schools in Glasgow 2011


‘Art is the flower – Life is the green leaf/Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing – something that will convince the world that there may be – there are things more precious – more beautiful more lasting than life’ Charles Rennie Mackintosh, quote from ‘Seemliness’ lecture, Glasgow 1902. 
Every year, Glasgow City Heritage Trust work with pupils from schools across the city on workshops exploring the architecture in Glasgow.  In 2011 the focus is on Art Nouveau, and, cameras in hand, pupils aged 15 from schools across Glasgow went out to learn more about, and photograph, the Art Nouveau heritage in the city. The pupils have taken trips to some of the most iconic buildings in the Art Nouveau style, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpieces The Glasgow School of Art, The Lighthouse, The Willow Tearooms and House for An Art Lover. An exhibition of the pupils work will be on display at the Glasgow City Heritage Trust from August-Dec 2011. www.glasgowheritage.org.uk


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A new website dedicated to Béla Lajta


Created by the Budapest City Archives, the website gathers virtual archives of the work of famous Hungarian architect Béla Lajta and a biographical documentation. It is available in Hungarian and English. Know more: http://lajtaarchiv.hu/ 


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A monument dedicated to Gustav Mahler was erected in Ljubljana


A new public monument to Gustav Mahler(1860-1911) was unveiled in the beginning of July in Ljubljana in honour to the great composer and conductor. Mahler spent one year in Ljubljana at the beginning of his musical career (1881-82) as the conductor of the Philharmonic orchestra. The monument was given the name “The Poem of the Earth” by the sculptor Bojan Kunaver, great admirer of Mahler. The great master is represented with a strange instrument in his hand, in reference to his last unfinished 10th symphony.Ljubljana dedicated the whole year 2011 to his memory and closed it with a big concert of Mahler’s Symphony of thousands (1906). It was performed by 1200 musicians from Slovenia and Croatia (21 choirs, solo singers, two philharmonic orchestra on the stage) on the renewed Congress square, which was supposedly the biggest concert in 2011 in Europe. The concert celebrated 20 years of independence of Slovenia and opened the summer festival of Ljubljana .


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A new citymap of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert by the Direction of Monuments and Site of the Brussel-Capital Region


Following Saint-Josse, Etterbeek, Ixelles, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Saint-Gilles, Schaerbeek, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Anderlecht, Uccle and Forest, it is the turn of the town of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert to unveil its partly Art nouveau heritage. The bilingual street maps (available in French and in Dutch), aimed at adults as well as youngsters, offer different walks to discover the architectural richness of the towns.
Download the map in PDF in French or Dutch


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25th anniversary of the "Barcelona posa't guapa" campaign


The campaign “Barcelona posa’t guapa” is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The objective of this initiative, which the Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbŕ i la Qualitat de Vida coordinates, is to develop actions to protect and improve the city’s urban landscape and place value on its architectural heritage by producing routes and publications.
These 25 years of activity of the “Barcelona, posa’t guapa” campaign have ensured a large number of buildings and Modernista elements have been restored. Among the most emblematic, we can highlight Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Casa Amatller, the porches of the Boqueria Market, Casa Golferichs, the old Estació de França, Escola Zafra and Finca Sansalvador (see map).
In Barcelona, regulation and control of exterior advertising has generated income of 15.9 million euros, which the Institut del Paisatge Urbŕ has earmarked entirely for spending on actions to improve the landscape by restoring buildings and striking elements within the city. The campaign “Barcelona, posa’t guapa” also facilitates a wide programme of subsidies aimed at incentivising the restoration of private buildings. This campaign has managed to encourage restoration of a total of 42,174 buildings in Barcelona, representing 31% of the city’s structures.


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Old bridge found a new location in Ljubljana


At the end of 18th century in England the new furnace for melting iron using coke was invented. Cast iron quickly became very accessible and unexpensive, enabling the production of revolutionary technical novelties. Because of its unique spreading quality, cast iron is one of the key materials that have contributed to the development of the industrial revolution. The City of Ljubljana tendered the construction of a cast iron bridge to replace the old wooden Shoemaker bridge in 1867 to architect Johann Hermann from Vienna ; the bridge was named after Ljubljana's mayor, Hradeckega. Today, the bridge is recognized as one of the most important national cultural heritage due to its technical characteristics. The fact that the bridge was fully manufactured in the Slovene foundry in Dvor by Žužemberek, gives also an added value as the local knowledge was activated in the work process. Moreover the bridge has a special place among other Ljubljana bridges due to its 'vagabond' nature. It stayed in the original location till 1931 when it was replaced with the new concrete Shoemaker bridge. According to the regulation of the river Ljubljanica banks, the Hradeckega bridge was moved to a new location by the morgue of the main Ljubljana hospital as suggested by Jože Plečnik. The new location labelled the new name of the bridge, The Bridge of death. From 2004 the bridge was closed for cars due to its dilapidation and the City of Ljubljana began to prepare its revitalisation. In 2009 the bridge was finally removed and brought to a slovene company, where the reconstruction was made. Now the bridge has a new location and gains back its original name Hradeckega bridge: the decision was made upon the connecting needs and high identity value of selected location. The idea of connecting the riverbanks of Trnovo and Prule was already very realistic among previous urban planners and architects in Ljubljana, like Duffy, Fabiani and Plečnik. In March 2011, the UPIRS (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia) joined the beautiful event of connecting both ends of the bridge . Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the bridge from June 2011.
Source: Ljubljana, 3-4, 2007 (Municipality of Ljubljana official newsletter), Internet 1: ljubljanski.projekti.si , Internet 2: http://www.delo.si/clanek/60909 , Internet 3: http://www.eljubljana.si/on/2283-ljubljana-bo-dobila-nov-most


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Re-opening of the Trinkkuranlage in Bad Nauheim


After three years of construction and renovation, the Trinkkuranlage is open again to the public. The grounds were remodelled and in the former gargling-rooms a new kitchen has been installed for the adjoining café. The hall for meetings and events has got a modern annex with wardrobes and toilets.The historic dispensing fountain and the Kurbrunnen have not been touched.
The horsehoe-shaped Trinkkuranlage is part of the spa facilities. The balneotherapy of the Sprudelhof would consist in drinking the healing waters from three mineral springs in Bad Nauheim. In the Belle Epoque, there were concerts several times a day and the place with its colonnades was a popular meeting point for the international visitors.
Now concerts, exhibitions and all kind of events will put new life into the Trinkkuranlage and make it attractive again for the inhabitants of Bad Nauheim.


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A new guidebook to Secessional Architecture of Rijeka


Rijeka was for a long time a very important port and industrial town, but from 2000 its production diminished. Now the city is trying to convert itself into a touristic centre with emphasis on local historical and architectural values. Within the city territory, the main criteria regarding the selection of buildings and their inclusion into the guide framework are determined by the need to show to the citizens and tourists the existing Secessional buildings within the longer or shorter walk through the city centre. The buildings are chosen because of their importance, complete shape, composition of volume, the manner in which the interior space was constituted and because of the typical elements of the façade ornamentation suggesting the Secession decorative nature in its outer morphological configuration. The historical criterion embraces the early 20th century, i.e. the first two decades including also proto-rationalist architecture which announced more recent modern styles(1900-1925). During this period, Rijeka was ruled by Budapest governor while the architects were educated either in Budapest or in Vienna, so the architecture of Rijeka demonstrates a specific shape under various European influences of Secession style. 
Daina Glavocic – Julija Lozzi-Barkovic –Jasna Rotim-Malvic, Guidebook - Secessional Architecture of Rijeka (Croatia). DPU, Rijeka, 2011. In Croatian.


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Release of the 16th issue of the CoupDefouet magazine, Barcelona


CoupDefouet is published by the Urban Landscape Institute of the Barcelona City Council , which has the common commitment to find useful and efficient mechanisms for the protection and promotion of Europe’s Art Nouveau heritage. 
Coup de Fouet n°16 cover  and table of contents


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Women, Hand wowen Rugs, Home Industry at the Museum of Ethnology, Budapest - June 24, 2011 - August 26, 2012


The exhibition in the Museum of Ethnography in Budapest presents hand-woven wool rugs made in 19th century peasant households together with applied art objects produced by the turn-of-the-century home industry workshops of the country.
 
In some peasant communities woven wool rugs were major items in a woman’s trousseau, they played a part in the important occasions in human life. In the last decades of the 19th century, together with other creations of folk art, scholars and politicians became aware of woven rugs, discovering their aesthetic value and also seeing in them the possibility for integrating peasant work and women’s work, thus helping women to rise out of poverty. Amongst the newly created home-industry workshops, especially those in Torontál County (today part of Vojvodina, Serbia) played an important role the history of Hungarian applied arts, producing rugs and tapestries based on local “archaic” patterns, as well as on the designs of major art nouveau designers. (Pál Horti, János Vaszary).

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Multilateral Exchange 2: "New Technologies and Social Networks in the Diffusion of Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities", on 6 June 2011 at the Conservatory of Barcelona


One of the actions of the Réseau Art Nouveau Network is a number of multilateral exchanges, based on the specific needs of the participating partners. The exchanges will provide the opportunity for those working in the cultural heritage, education and academic sector to exchange their knowledge and experience across Europe, addressing themes relevant to the contemporary promotion of Art Nouveau. The first in the series, Art Nouveau and Listed buildings is planned to be held in Barcelona on 6 June 2011 and will deal with new technologies and social networks in the diffusion of heritage. For extra information on this event, please contact the Coordination Office (info@artnouveau-net.eu). 
Provisional programme  (Catalan-English-French version)


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Historical Lab 2: "Tourism and the Preservation of Art Nouveau Heritage: a source for funding…a source of problems?", on 4 June 2011 at La Pedrera in Barcelona


Through the Historical labs, we hope to create a exchange platform of knowledge at a European scale. The content of Historical Labs gathers research, experience and know-how so that the programme could interest the general public and professionals. The second Historical Lab of the project "Art Nouveau & Ecology" will take place in Barcelona on 4 June and will explore the following topic: "Tourism and the Preservation of Art Nouveau Heritage: a source for funding…a source of problems?". The event is open to the public. Free entrance. (Photo : (C) Arxiu Obra Social CatalunyaCaixa. Fotògraf: Xavi Padrós).
Provisional programme  (in Catalan, French, English)
Know more about our Historical Labs


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7th Barcelona Modernista Fair - 3, 4 & 5 June 2011


On 3, 4 and 5 June 2011, Cor Eixample—Trade and Professional Association for the Right Side of the Eixample—and the Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbŕ—Barcelona City Council—are organising the seventh Barcelona Modernista Fair.
As in other years, the fair will be located on carrer Girona—between av. Diagonal and carrer d’Aragó—with leisure and cultural activities for young people, adults and the little ones. Among other activities, visitors can enjoy kids’ games, shows, workshops, a museum displaying period cars, a conference on Modernisme, guided tours, street entertainment and many other surprises. Other towns and organisations which also share a relationship with Modernisme will be attending, as well as a stand offering information and selling products related to Barcelona’s Ruta del Modernisme.
Furthermore, whoever comes dressed in an Art Nouveau period style will receive a gift photo of themselves and go into the draw for a trip, among other prizes.
For more information, you can contact the Centre del Modernisme, tel. +34 933 177 652, or webwww.rutadelmodernisme.com , or Cor Eixample tel. +34 934 871 243.


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Re-opening of the Palau Güell


The Palau Güell reopened its doors to the public last 26 May 2011, once the restaurtation works, that started in 2004, were concluded. 


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Terrassa Modernist Festival - 6, 7 & 8 May 2011


During these three days, Terrassa will travel back a century ago and live again the Modernist splendour of the end of the 19th century and beginning of 20th century. A programme of more that 200 activities (ancient style circus, music, ball, theatre, crafts fair, antiquities, food, visit tours, workshops and shows for children) makes the Modernist Festival one of the unmissable Modernist events in Catalonia.
Flyer  (in Catalan)


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With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Responsible publisher: Arlette Verkruyssen, General Director,
Brussels Regional Public Service - Bruxelles Développement urbain (Brussels Urban Development),
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