RIBA in coalition on ethics for real estate professionals etc.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has joined with the International Ethics Standards (IES) Coalition to work towards a globally recognised ethical standard for property professionals.

RIBA writes:
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a founding member of a new international coalition that will develop the first set of globally-recognised ethics standards for real-estate and related professional organisations.

The International Ethics Standards (IES) Coalition currently comprises 48 member organisations with professionals working in a diverse range of countries including China, Brazil, Dubai, Russia and India. Coalition partners, many of which already have their own codes of conduct focusing on qualities like trustworthiness, integrity and respect, will work together to align ethics principles through a new international standard.

Speaking today, RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:
‘The RIBA has its own robust standards and codes and is committed to working with our fellow global professionals to develop a common ethics standard. I strongly believe establishing this important standard across the entire supply chain will enhance transparency, consistency and trust in the services being offered by professionals in the global and interconnected marketplace.’

The IES Coalition was first proposed during a meeting of a number of the founding organisations at the United Nations (New York) in October 2014. It is hoped that the new International Ethics Standard will be ready in early 2016.

View the RIBA press release

Find out more information on IES

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IHBC to produce heritage guidance to address failings of GPA 2

The IHBC has registered its disappointment over the content and scope of the recently published Good Practice Advice (GPA) Note 2, on ‘Managing significance… in the historic environment’, noting in particular its failure to effectively represent core statutory duties to consider historic and architectural values, and with the IHBC responding by confirming its further development of guidance that reflects the needs, priorities and ambitions of the sector. 

IHBC Chair Mike Brown said: ‘The failure of GPA 2 to examine key heritage management priorities in legislation – not least ‘historic’ and ‘architectural’ values cited in statute – means that its content cannot be considered as a balanced representation of the scope suggested by GPA 2’s current title.’

‘GPA 2’s imbalance is particularly critical for practitioners today because of the pressures that continue to bear down on local government conservation and planning services.  More informed advisers would understand that the document exists largely within its own specialist archaeological niche, outside the hierarchy of government policy.  However less well informed users – such as those early in their careers, or managers with limited knowledge of the skills required for heritage management and practice – are in danger of assuming that its contents reflect the wider statutory and non-statutory management operations suggested in its title.’

‘Users can of course take some comfort in the introductory caveats GPA 2 carries to qualify its content, relevance and application.  It says that GPA 2 ‘does not… constitute a statement of Government policy,’ and ‘alternative approaches may be equally acceptable’.

‘However those qualifications do little to help make life easier for busy practitioners, and they are not helped either by the curious provenance of this advice.  The body that wrote it, English Heritage, split days after its publication, and the brand it currently carries has no special locus in such policy matters today, while the collective for which this note was drafted, the Historic Environment Forum, has not formally signed off on its approval of the content.’

‘Given these concerns, the IHBC can confirm that we will substantially extend our own guidance on policy and practice standards, some of which, hopefully, will be more universally welcomed by the members of the Historic Environment Forum.’

GPA 2 and links to other documents 

For more on the IHBC see www.ihbc.org.uk

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IHBC Yearbook 2015 issued: Norwich School themed – ‘Diversity and Conservation’

Yearbook CoverThe new IHBC Yearbook has been issued this week and if not already there, it should be with you very shortly, containing the essential IHBC updates and directories as well as a splendid array of articles to frame this year’s Annual School theme: ‘Cultural connections – conserving the diversity of place’.

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘Our Yearbook extends our reach far beyond our own membership, of course, with a circulation of some 5500 to industry and sector leaders, regulators, specialist and non-specialist bodies, and individuals.’

‘That’s why it’s so valuable for our many users that it also contains our other directory features – in particular the listing of conservation businesses that work to the IHBC’s standards, our HESPR scheme, and those conservation courses from across the UK that have achieved full and select recognition by the institute.’

Articles for 2015 include:

  • Chair’s review from Mike Brown
  • ‘Experimental evolution’, on new governance explorations in the IHBC, by Sean O Reilly
  • Conserving diversity, a review of the Yearbook’s articles and issues, by IHBC’s Membership Secretary Paul Butler, including
    • Preserving historic residential character in Salt Lake City, by Carl Leith
    • Understanding Place – Sustaining Saltaire for the future, by Jo Lintonbon
    • Skills Diversity in Snowdonia- Jonathan Taylor
    • Accessing our heritage- Heather Jermy
    • Characterising and capturing the diversity of place- James Webb
  • And ‘Cultural connections’, an IHBC-member specific introduction to social media for those new to the came, or wanting to dip their toes in it, by the IHBCs consultant social media adviser, Alison McCandlish.

David McDonald, IHBC Education Secretary says, ‘I always look forward to receiving my copy of the Yearbook, not only for the useful list of members, but also for the interesting and informative articles. Their quality makes reading them an essential part of my CPD. This year it excels itself in its theme of diversity and provides a stimulating introduction for the IHBC Annual School in Norwich.’

Paul Butler, IHBC Membership Secretary said: ‘The theme of this Yearbook follows that of the annual school.  Exploring this idea of ‘conserving diversity’ highlights the range of issues where diversity is integral to the historic environment, from the huge range of skills needed in modern conservation, to the many different styles of places and structures covered by conservation and heritage approaches, as well as considering how we prevent the homogenisation of our towns.’

View more information on the IHBC and its structure on the website

Visit the HESPR website

For conservation courses see the website

View information on branch contacts

View information on the annual school and how to book on the Annual School Website

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Reminder: IHBC Scotland’s CPD & networking – 28 May

The IHBC Scotland Branch is holding a CPD and networking event on 28 May to be held in Linlithgow, offering you the chance to explore the diversity of work carried out by members in a series of short presentations, and meet others for a refreshment or two. 

Topics include:

  • Saving a Building at Risk without a Budget
  • Less is More: Design Solutions that add value by taking away from a Heritage Asset
  • A Future for 1930s Schools in the Scottish Borders
  • Non-Traditional Timber Repairs to (the listed) Dunoon Pier
  • Coming Back from Bingo: The Hippodrome Cinema
  • Sacrifice or Salvage?

View more information on the event and how to book

View the IHBC Scotland web pages

Follow IHBC Scotland (@IHBCScotland) on Twitter

View other IHBC and related events

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Stay Of Execution For Strand Buildings

University plans to demolish a row of Victorian buildings in central London are put on hold as Secretary of State for communities and local government Greg Clark MP issued Westminster Council with a holding direction that suspends planning permission for Kings College’s plans while ministers consider whether to call in the application for public inquiry.

SAVE writes:
SAVE welcomes this decision that follows our request to him on May 11. We originally wrote to Eric Pickles MP, then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 23rd April, asking him to call in the application for public inquiry.  We repeated our request to his successor, Greg Clark MP, highlighting the storm of public outrage and national press attention that has developed since our original letter, as well as the changing stance of Historic England.

In our letter we explain why the application should be called in for public inquiry. We write:

‘Most pointedly, there is a conflict with national policy on the protection of heritage assets. These buildings make up the background of listed buildings in a historically important part of London, visited by many thousands of visitors on a daily basis. As part of one of London’s most historic thoroughfares, the buildings are of national significance. The conclusions drawn by Historic England could have negative repercussions on a national scale if not challenged. In addition the proposed new design for the replacement building is of extremely low quality.’

Our request for a public inquiry has been supported and endorsed by a group of Westminster Councillors, who have also written to Greg Clark.  Councillor David Boothroyd, the only member to vote against the proposals said:

‘The new Secretary of State should call-in this proposal given the significant change in Historic England’s comments and the huge national interest. The current proposals would not only mean a loss of this lovely terrace of historic buildings, but would be a repeat of the mistakes made in the 1970s when King’s College was allowed to build a Brutalist development which was totally unsympathetic with The Strand and nearby Somerset House.’

We have also written to those who have signed our petition, that has gathered almost 8,500 signatures in just over two weeks, asking them to write to Greg Clark MP, requesting that this application be called in for a public inquiry.

BBC news item

SAVE news item

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Reminder: DEFRA’s new funding for rural historic buildings now @ up to 80%

The IHBC is reminding members that funding opportunities for rural historic buildings offering up to 80% support has been announced by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) under the countryside stewardship scheme, while DEFRA has also confirmed that applicants who are interested in applying for a Higher Tier agreement beginning 1 January 2015 must express an interest in applying by 30th June 2015.

IHBC Policy Secretary David Kincaid said: ‘The Countryside Stewardship Scheme is offering grants (for up to a five year period) for a range of priorities.  It is important to stress that grants for the historic environment are available and should be promoted by IHBC members.’

The main priority for Countryside Stewardship is to protect and enhance the natural environment, particularly the diversity of wildlife (biodiversity). Water quality is another important priority.  However the scheme will also help to improve:

  • flood management
  • the historic environment
  • landscape character
  • genetic conservation
  • educational access

Priorities for the funding are defined and refined in the national character area profiles – for example the Shropshire Hills includes the following advice:

Applicants should consider options and capital works to:

  • revert archaeological sites under cultivation to permanent grass
  • reduce damaging cultivation and harvesting practices through minimum tillage or direct drilling where this offers a suitable level of protection
  • remove scrub and bracken from archaeological or historic features
  • maintain below-ground archaeology under permanent uncultivated vegetation or actively manage earthworks, standing stones and structures as visible ‘above ground’ features
  • maintain and restore historic water management systems, including those associated with water meadows and designed water bodies
  • restore historic buildings that are assessed as a priority in the area
  • maintain or restore Registered Parks and Gardens, including structures or features that contribute to the original design intentions or feel of the parkland or provide for their biodiversity and amenity value

I think that the scheme is now available to be discussed with advisers, the formal application process opens in July and applications have to be submitted by 30 September.

View the grant advice

IHBC NewsBlogs archive on DEFRA funding

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Ministerial appointments announced

Following the election, the new all-Conservative cabinet appointments have now been made, with new positions for those responsible for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) but with Liz Truss continuing as Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. 

The UK Government writes:

  • John Whittingdale MP becomes Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
  • The Rt Hon Liz Truss continues as Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
  • The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP becomes Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government
  • Mark Francois becomes Minister of State at Department for Communities and Local Government
  • George Eustice becomes Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Rory Stewart becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair
  • James Wharton becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government with responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse
  • Marcus Jones becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government) at the Department for Communities and Local Government 

View a full list of all appointments in all areas of Government

View Planning Portal blog analysis of the new ministerial appointment of Greg Clark

View the Planning article on new government actions ‘Planning professionals welcome focus on housing delivery’

RIBA responds to the general election result

RTPI on ‘planning in the next parliament’

RICS responds to the results and assesses the potential impact for property and construction

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SAVE praise the Turner Prize nominee ‘Assemble’

SAVE Britain’s Heritage have issued congratulatory praise for the Turner Prize panel; the 2015 nominations include the artist group ‘Assemble’ who have worked with the Granby Four Streets area residents in Liverpool to react against the Pathfinder designation which earmarks the homes for demolition.

SAVE Britain’s Heritage writes:
SAVE Britain’s Heritage congratulates the Turner Prize panel’s recognition that Victorian terraced streets are true works of art: this nomination of Liverpool’s Granby area for the prestigious award represents a deliverance for terraced housing in the north of England, long tainted by the shadow of demolition.

For too long many of these terraces have been seen as slums, rather than attractive and pleasant homes, as illustrated by Assemble.

SAVE has championed terraced housing since we were founded in 1975. Over the last ten years we have been doing battle with John Prescott’s £2.2bn ‘Pathfinder’ policy, which targeted up to 400,000 homes across the English North and Midlands for demolition, 18,000 of them on Merseyside. Many terraces were demolished, but others were left derelict when the policy was abandoned as a failure in 2011, including Liverpool’s Anfield, Granby and the nearby Welsh Streets.

A recent swing in favour of renovation, as opposed to redevelopment, has allowed Granby residents to take ownership of some empty land and houses in a local Community Land Trust (CLT).  SAVE introduced the residents to social investors Steinbeck Studio, who in turn invited the innovative young architectural practice Assemble, based in London’s East End, to the area.

Assemble’s designs for the Granby Four Streets CLT have now attracted the attention of the Tate’s Turner Prize judging panel, who this week announced their shortlisting alongside three other artists.

Assemble’s idea of leaving some of the bare shells as elegant, glazed winter gardens is reminiscent of the street-greening projects run by residents determined to resist the dereliction imposed on them by Pathfinder.

Assemble goes with the grain of ruin, rather than against it, transforming parts of houses that have lost ceilings, into double height rooms. This vision counters the negative press terraced housing in Liverpool has had for so many years and, we hope, marks a new era in recognition of these buildings’ adaptability and ability to please.

In the new scheme devised with the CLT and Steinbeck Studios, new and renovated homes will now be partly owned by both new and remaining residents. This is a positive departure from the top-down approach of Pathfinder, which handed publicly-acquired land to private developers and major social landlords.

Liverpool-based town-planner Jonathan Brown, who worked with SAVE on the campaign to save terraced streets, says: ‘Assemble’s genius has been to tell the story of these sometimes bitterly contested places in a way which heals wounds, but doesn’t hide scars.

‘These beautiful houses and the communities they housed have not been dispersed and left semi derelict by some random act of God, or market failure, but by an expensive aberration in public policy that needed to be confronted.

‘The real heroes of this confrontation are the householders on the front line who refused to budge despite decades of bureaucratic bullying and blight, and put up a creative alternative. It’s great to see the art establishment step out of the gallery to engage with this.

‘Alongside the resilience of residents, SAVE Britain’s Heritage, Merseyside Civic Society and the Empty Homes charity deserve particular credit. They helped us open up the local campaigns to national media and political attention, and in fact introduced the investor who brought in Assemble.’

Steinbeck Studio Director Xanthe Hamilton, who commissioned the Assemble project says: ‘We are delighted that this work has been given this level of recognition.

We must now focus our attentions on making sure that the main beneficiaries of this process are the community and the wider neighbourhood, and that community-led and neighbourhood-scale, socially driven investment becomes a nationwide movement.’

SAVE Director Clementine Cecil said: ‘None of this would have been possible without the vision and resilience of local residents living in these blighted areas, with whom it has been a privilege to work. Xanthe Hamilton of Steinbeck Studios and Assemble are the Theaster Gates of Liverpool. It is extremely positive that the Council chose to work with them, hopefully ushering in a new era of respect for the modest terraced house, and for the communities that choose to live in them.

‘The nomination is also an opportunity to remind the public that the fate of the over 400 terraced houses, only half a mile away in the Welsh Streets, by the same architect Richard Owens, remain under threat of demolition. There is no need for this – they would make good homes for hundreds of people. However Liverpool council has launched a high court challenge to overturn the government’s refusal of permission for demolition of the Welsh Streets, a fight described by the Times as ‘the planning battle of the century’, which we won in a public inquiry held last year.  We call on the council to take note of the positive response Assemble’s designs have received, and rethink their policy for the Welsh Streets.’

View the SAVE press release

Watch the SAVE Welsh Streets video, by Director Orlando Gili commissioned for a crowd-funding project, now closed.

View further information on the SAVE Welsh Streets campaign

View information on the Turner Prize nomination

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IHBC newsblogs on the Welsh Streets campaign

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Greece rules out Elgin marbles legal action

It has been widely reported in the press and media this week that the Greek government has now decided to drop legal action against the UK Government, contrary to the previous advice of their barrister, and pursue negotiations on the sculptures return instead.

View the BBC news article 

The Guardian article

View information on the Parthenon sculptures

View the British Museum position statement on the Parthenon sculptures

IHBC newsblogs on museums

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Morrell: Ten years to save industry professions

Former chief construction adviser Paul Morrell has warned in an commission report from the Edge – a multi-disciplinary, campaigning built-environment think tank – that professions within the built environment are in danger of losing their status within a decade unless they get together to respond to changing ways of working. 

The Edge writes:
Morrell was speaking in advance of the publication next week of a report on the future of the professions that he has written for built environment think tank the Edge. It is set to highlight a loss of respect and trust in the industry’s traditional institutions, the rise of mega-consultancies and changing patterns of employment as presenting a huge risk to the status of construction professionals such as architects, engineers and surveyors.

The report, called ‘Collaboration for Change’, will recommend that professional institutions develop a standardised ethical code of conduct across built environment professions (see story below), give greater focus on the quality of education, and collaborate to give shared views on the most important matters in the public interest, if they are to continue to be of any value to their members.

It will say that the threat to the professions from the changing industry are ‘not yet existential, [but] are real and profound, and demand change’.

However, speaking to Building, Morrell said: ‘The professions have proved themselves to be adaptable in the past, but they are now facing a moment where it is increasingly difficult to set professions apart from other people and companies offering similar services. If they’re not careful then within 10 years they’ll just become servants of a construction delivery process which they’re no longer able to control.

‘If they do nothing then in 10 years they’ll be screaming because government is cutting them out of policy decision-making, but their right to be heard and their right to demand a certain fee will all be lost.’

Professional institutions were largely developed in the Victorian period to give customers a guarantee of quality while helping to protect fee rates for qualified members. They include the RIBA, the RICS, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal TownPlanning Institute.

Morrell said their ‘gold standard’ status was being undermined by the growing power of contractors set against a failure of the professions to work together on uniform education, ethical, and enforcement policies that justified their status to prospective clients.

Morrell said the problem was exacerbated by the failure of the institutions to collaborate on common public responses to major built environment issues – in particular climate change, the gap between as-designed and as-built performance, and wider industry reform. The report will call for the collaborative response from the institutions to be led by a ‘rebooted’ Construction Industry Council, which is the existing umbrella body for built environment professionals.

It will say: ‘The Construction Industry Council [CIC] can and should be developed and empowered as a shared vehicle for joint initiatives, and encouraged to initiate the consideration of issues beyond those passed down from individual institutions.’

CIC chief executive Graham Watts said he accepted the professions faced challenges, but that they were nowhere near as severe as suggested by the Edge’s report, and that professions were already working on many of the issues identified, such as a common ethical code. Watts said: ‘This says a lot of things we’d agree with. Morrell is right to create an agenda for change, but to say that in 10 years time it’ll be a life or death situation is a huge exaggeration.’

Key recommendations of the report

  • Develop and standardise a national code of conduct/ethics across the built environment professions
  • Make public and clear the procedures for complaint and the institution’s sanctioning process, details of members who have been sanctioned, and the grounds for doing so
  • Commit to a cross-disciplinary review of the silo nature of the education system, to encourage greater integration
  • Improve the ‘guarantee’ of a particular quality of individual – for example by benchmarking the expertise of members
  • Become agents for disclosure as guardians of quality
  • Establish a think tank to pool the resources of the institutions to conduct research and develop policy
  • Develop and empower the CIC as a shared outlet for joint initiatives and announcements, lobbying and campaigning
  • Present a shared view on matters that are too big for any one institution, such as industry reform; performance of built assets; and the impact of the built environment on climate change.

The Edge

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Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning: contestants online!

The Scottish Government has announced that 42 applications have been submitted this years SAQP awards, while IHBC members may be interested to view the submissions relating to heritage and regeneration. 

The Scottish Government writes:
The Awards are one of the Scottish Government’s most prestigious events and celebrate achievements in planning, from strategic visions to development on the ground. The Awards have now been running for over 15 years and we’re pleased that we continue to see an increase in the quality and numbers of applications we receive.

A total of 42 applications were received this year and each application will now be considered by an independent panel of judges (Allan Lundmark, Nikola Miller and Kevin Murray). Planning Aid Scotland will assist in the judging of the Community Involvement category. Those successfully shortlisted will be invited to attend an interview or site visit. The Awards will presented at a ceremony in November 2015.

The six categories this year are:

  • Development Plans;
  • Development Management;
  • Development on the Ground;
  • Delivering in Partnership;
  • Community Involvement; and
  • Quality of Service.

View information on the awards and winners of previous years

View all of the entries

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Channel 4 programme on planning enforcement

Channel 4 has a new TV programme which looks at how those who have constructed new developments without planning permission, and been the subject of enforcement have dealt with their situations.

The programme is called ‘Damned Designs: don’t demolish my home’, and is on Monday 18 May at 8pm.

Channel 4 writes:
Homeowners battle to save their dream places from demolition after falling foul of the planning authorities, revealing the lengths some will go, to defend their home, land and family.

Watch the programme on channel 4 on demand

Watch clips and series summaries

View a Storify prepared by Planning Resource which presents a ‘Twitter reaction’ to the programme

IHBC newsblogs on enforcement matters

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Have your say: IHBC NewsBlog email alert – redesign

Those of you who subscribe to the IHBC’s NewsBlog email alerts will have noticed that we’ve been trying out some new approaches to the design of the email updates, and we would like to know what you think about the new approaches and to hear of any more thoughts for changes.Midweek Newsblogs Wed130515 Screen Image

The changes tried out include:

  • More text within the email to preview the newsblog contents for each item
  • One main image per alert
  • Links to additional IHBC services such as current job opportunities and HESPR related news

We want to be sure that the NewsBlogs alerts service is as useful as possible for members, and reflects the interests and range of work of our members, while making sure that the email alerts remain easy to read and accessible as a reference – so one image is probably the maximum within alerts, as more than one would increase the size of the email. 

If you have any feedback on the NewsBlog design and contents, please contact Joanna Theobald contact@ihbc.org.uk

If you are an IHBC member and you are not getting your email alerts and think you should, please also contact Joanna at contact@ihbc.org.uk

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High operating costs forces university focus on refurb

Building writes that ‘spending on university estates likely to shift away from new build’.

Building.co.uk article

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Protesters storm town hall in rally against gentrification

Protestors have occupied Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton and police station as part of a demonstration against local gentrification.

Police were forced to remove protestors from Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton, at just after 3pm on Saturday afternoon before using CS spray to repel a ‘small group’ of activists who had entered the police station.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incidents.

A Foxtons estate agents in Brixton Road later had its window smashed and was daubed with spray paint reading ‘yuppies out’.

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘At approximately 3.15pm a group from the demonstration gained access to Brixton Town Hall. Officers entered the building and the protesters were removed. There were no arrests.

‘A group of protesters then made their way to Brixton Road where the window of a commercial premises was smashed and graffiti sprayed on the building. One man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage in relation to this incident.’

UK Local Gov article

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ENtopia: Our Places in Europe’ Europa Nostra website launched

A new website resource, aimed at celebrating the culture and heritage of small towns and settlements has been launched by Europa Nostra, and includes UK participation from Port Carlisle).

Europa Nostra writes:
A website dedicated to Europa Nostra’s new programme ‘ENtopia: Our Places in Europe’ was launched in Athens on 28 April 2015. For nearly two years, Elliniki Etairia has spearheaded the creation of this online platform, in close collaboration with the programme’s director, Philip Gheoghegan from Ireland. The website launch is a decisive step in promoting the ENtopia programme.

The ENtopia programme – launched in June 2013, on the occasion of Europa Nostra’s 50th anniversary Congress in Athens – aims to celebrate the historic and cultural traditions and diversity of small towns, villages and landscape areas, and to foster greater appreciation, awareness and sharing between these communities of their distinct local identities, as an integral element of our wider European identity. By joining in this initiative/network, the communities will be able to share in the benefits of cooperation across the continent.

The website enables communities to present their places, in words and images, to a European audience of interested places. Early participants will help to explore local communication for promotion, funding and special projects within their places, as well as cooperating to develop the process nationally and transnationally.

The current website features 14 places from six countries: Shipcka Village in Albania; Amorgos, Chios, Sikinos and Skyros in Greece; Children of Lir country, the Georgian Squares of Dublin and Inis Oirr, Aran Islands in Ireland; Ro?ia Montan? in Romania; Almaški Kraj, Belo Blato, Sirogojno and Silopaj in Serbia; and Port Carlisle in the UK.

Three places in Italy, two in Spain, one in Hungary, another in Romania and one in Turkey were recently approved and will be posted shortly on the ENtopia website. Future nominations from Belgium, England, France and the Netherlands are currently under discussion.

‘The website is a vital tool to promote the programme. We expect that ‘ENtopia: Our Places in Europe’ will represent a growing network of local communities that will inspire many people across Europe – and indeed across the world – to visit, enjoy and learn from them,’ stated Philip Gheoghegan.

View the news release

Visit the ENtopia website

Read more about Port Carlisle

IHBC newsblogs on European heritage news

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