Last week, NARFU participated in a kick-off meeting of an ambitious international project on Capacity Building in Sustainability for Architectural Heritage. Interestingly, this is one of the three projects NARFU has the opportunity to participate in based upon the selection results for the 2020 Erasmus+ program call Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education. Out of 1,005 project applications submitted, only 164 were approved. NARFU is the absolute leader in the number of awarded projects among all Russian universities.
“We planned this project in cooperation with our European partners in order to be able to share the best practices of preservation, restoration and harmonious exploitation of architectural landmarks and historical landscapes, as well as to expand the expert network. The project is to become a considerable tool to support the work of the UNESCO Chair recently established at NARFU: Technologies for Preservation of the Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Arctic Region Countries” - explains Maria Frolova, project thematic leader and head of department of cultural heritage sites of the northern and Arctic areas at the Higher School of Engineering.
During the next three years, experts from Italy, Germany, Greece, Russia, Armenia and Iran will work on the development of new interdisciplinary training courses for specialists in the field of sustainable management of architectural heritage. The subject area of these courses shall comprise the issues of architectural heritage digitization, historical urban landscape research, tourism development for promotion of architectural heritage, climate change impact on architectural sites, choice of most appropriate energy resources for heat and electricity supply of buildings classified as architectural heritage sites. The partners are also planning to implement an in-service training program housed by European universities, and to create an international network of interdisciplinary competence centers named Sustainable Development of Architectural Heritage.
International Cooperation Office