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Practical arrangements for the implementation and management of the project
Romania is the host country of the fellow, so no language or visa issues would arise.
Bucharest is the home city of the fellow, so accommodation is available in a co-owned apartment. There is even a direct tram line connecting the accommodation with the office.
Since the fellow has Romanian citizenship, no special problems will be encountered with getting the work permit so a work contract can be signed.
At the work place a single office with computer, printer, internet access will be made available. For the project management courses there are dedicated classrooms. A digital camera for collecting documentary material will be made available from the funds of the project.
For the transfer of knowledge to the courses of the host an assistant from the side of the foundation will collaborate with the fellow. This will be particularly useful during the stays abroad of the fellow. The stays abroad will be supported with on-leave permits.
Active assistance will be provided in the publication of research results in book form, as it has been done with previous publications supported by the foundation. Support will be given also to finish the book project started during the initial Marie Curie Intra-European fellowship through the integration of the collaboration with the institutions of the other two co-editors and through the infrastructure.
DOCOMOMO is an organisation founded in 1988 which aims the investigation of technical conservation issues related to materials and structural systems of the Avant-Garde. The international mission states as its core objective the exchange of technical information on maintenance and conservation of buildings of the Avant-Garde, mission directed also to researchers. However, although DOCOMOMO has chapters in 26 countries across the European continent, the activity in the past years was rather stagnating, different from that in the USA. The applicant assumes that a new activity like that proposed for this project will contribute to revigorate collaboration of the DOCOMOMO chapters at European level. Contacts to the national chapters in the countries from which buildings are selected for this study (Romania, Italy, Greece, Hungary), all having DOCOMOMO working parties, which could take, depending on the possibilities, the form of meetings and/or exhibitions are envisaged. Active support will be provided so the fellow attends conferences in the field, as the DOCOMOMO (Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement) conference in 2008 in the Netherlands, the Congress of the International Union of the Architects in 2008 in Turin, Italy, the country of the fellowship, the DOCOMOMO events in Germany, which were attended by the fellow over the past three years, also during the fellowship, an activity to be continued in order to gain insights how a DOCOMOMO chapter can become active in shortest time since the one in Romania is less active and other similar events. This was international networks will be maintained and established, not only with the country of the initial fellowship. Collaboration with institutions in Romania will be also aimed for, through the connections the host institution has in Bucharest and in the territory of the country (outlets of the foundation).
It is also planned to attend the anniversary conference of the 1908 Messina earthquake, to take place in 2008. After that earthquake a structural type called casa baraccata has been promoted and the research of the applicant includes some studies about that type, one of them published in a Hungarian journal in frame of the collaboration with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics regarding historic construction materials.