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Architectural restoration and structural rehabilitation should be integrated to achieve optimal results, a regenerated building. At the same time pressures for building higher threaten heritage property and wars in neighboring Bulgaria.
Some countries have sought to benefit economically from the interwar built heritage (Italy, Slovenia) making tourist circuits (ex. Como, Ljubljana). Also in Romania the "urban trail Marcel Janco" was developed, but there is much to be done (eg. transport, tour desk, website, etc..). Tourism would be one aspect to benefit economically from the awareness on this cultural heritage. We hope that with this project we contributed both to documentation (by exploring new features of the heritage) and to awareness by making known how related heritage is dealt with in European context.
Particularly important is the research on participationism, which would allow the citizens to be involved in making their city and putting in value the cultural heritage of interwar architecture. Unfortunately, due to the former communist dictatorship, there is a lag in applying the principles of participative architecture and urbanism in Romania. At the moment participative approaches in Romania envisage what should be not done, in particularly protests against demolitions. The example of l'Aquila in Italy, however, makes us think that lessons can be learned fast: in Italy, where there wasn't the culture in participatism which we invesitaged formerly in Germany, the transfer from such protests to the positive attitude where citizens come together to do something, was done (there is a project on reconstructing l'Aquila virtually). This example is studied and we hope to make an influence. We also contributed in raising awareness against the demolition of the interwar heritage building of Henrietta Delavrancea-Gibory in Aviatorilor Bd. with scientific communications and with starting a documentation, headed at a book, about ruins, which includes also the aspects of memory, rediscovered memory, representation of this in the artistic project. We spread the information about the demolition to our fellow university colleagues and signed subsequently a petition (see outreach), and made a photographic documentary of the remaining buildings endangered by disappearance. At the conference in Sibiu, where we were invited speaker, we made contacts to other NGOs active in protecting the heritage of Bucharest. Following this we were admitted to a course of formation in how to apply participation in urban conservation http://www.ce-re.ro/event/2011-03-05 where we made contact to even more NGOs in the field, and their actions (see "Initiativa Favorit" at outreach).