H2020 COST Action TU1306 Training School

Event Details:

  • Date: 30 October - 3 November 2017
  • Start Time: 09:00
  • Venue: Ground floor Seminar Room, STARC-Lab, The Cyprus Institute, 20 Konstantinou Kavafi Street, Aglantzia 2121 Nicosia Cyprus

* The event will be in English

The Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center of the Cyprus Institute is organizing the COST Action TU1306 Training School “Hybrid Heritagescapes as Urban Commons in Mediterranean Cities: accessing the deep-rooted spatial interfaces of cities” to be held in Nicosia between 30 October and 3 November 2017. In the context of this training event, 20 graduates and 5 tutors from various disciplines (such as history, archaeology, architecture, landscape design, urban planning and computer science) and 10 European countries will visit the Cyprus Institute. Participants, together with CyI staff, will discuss about digital interfaces and interactive narratives, and will contribute creative practices of using the built heritage of Mediterranean cities for the reactivation of neglected urban spaces through playful engagement and storytelling.

Built heritage can be used to influence positively the social cohesion of neighbourhoods as it could be promoted in such a way that, instead of provoking tensions and division, would offer spaces of inclusion, interesting everyday experiences and provide a sense of belonging to socially excluded communities.
The overarching goal of this effort is to promote these open air spaces in becoming part of the everyday life of a city, i.e., part of the network of its communal amenities and common resources, in order to contribute to the well-being and quality of life of citizens.

During the workshop trainees will learn about the rich history of Nicosia and will be occupied with the repurposing of the moat of the medieval fortification of the old city from being used as parking space, and other fragmentary private uses, into a public space that highlights one of the few legacies that unite the two sides of the divided city, that is, its Medieval Walls. This activity is aligned with the long lasting research interest of the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center of the Cyprus Institute in the study of Mediterranean cities and the safeguarding of build heritage and cultural rights of the communities that inhabit the divided capital.

For more information on the Training School please visit: http://cyberparks-project.eu/training-schools

For scientific-related enquiries please contact the local organiser: Assist. Professor G. Artopoulos (g.artopoulos@cyi.ac.cy).

For administration please contact: Ms Georgia Shiaelou (g.shiaelou@cyi.ac.cy).