In 1984, the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Zagreb founded the Architecture Study Center and Summer School in Motovun in order to promote the expert knowledge of architecture in the territory of Istria. The study of the authentic characteristics of inland Istria, its unique natural environment and architecture built over the centuries, is being conducted in order to define the requirements of tourist trade and the strategies of design within urban structures of Istrian towns - castrums, on the example of Motovun. The objective of the Summer School of Architecture is the exploration, evaluation and creative interpretation of the building tradition in Istria that has bequeathed us a rich cultural, architectural and urban heritage, within the subject "Tradition and Creativity". Operating in Istria, the Summer School should promote ideas, as well as theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of contemporary planning, building and design. It is also intended to act as an active participant in the preservation and re/evaluation of cultural property, and the protection and improvement of man's environment.
In addition to the revival and renewal of Motovun, we wish to offer the students an opportunity to live in a specific environment. The manipulation of the program and location is the fundamental guideline for architectural ideas concerning the means of renewal, adaptation, reuse and reconstruction of space. The chief objective of critical analysis is the formulation of a spatial design framework geared to the needs of tourism, setting the conditions for architectural design in Istrian towns and, finally, the utilitarian character of the complex buildings studied. Mass tourism is a thing of the past, and many visitors seek more than a passive rest in the sun. Tourists are interested in active vacations that include various sports and cultural programs. The media have made the whole world accessible to all, and this certainlypromotes very specific aspects of tourism. Today it is possible to combine activity and leisure, and this particular combination will satisfy the most demanding customers. In this respect, Istria has vast potentials. The authentic architectural values and a favorable geographic position provide a perfect setting for attractive tourist programs.
The theme of the Summer School is "Tradition, Creativity and Sustainability", the study will focus on the Istrian medieval fortifield town. The theme requires that architectural programs be formulated and completed by means of theoretical research, critical analysis and human intervention in the town. Architectural designs resulting from the program should be firmly rooted in the regulations concerning the protection of cultural monuments. The creation of the program will be made possible by introductory lectures, expert field study of the inland Istria and the appropriate illustrated literature; each individual participant in preliminary drafts and models will define the scope of designs. Each year, the School completes its curriculum with individual participants presenting their projects to the class. An exhibition of all projects is staged on the town main square Andrea Antico (or in the school) for the local population and visitors, and a volume of proceedings is published. The exhibition is then again held at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb where all students of our school can visit it.
School programme includes active participation in EU projects like IDES-EDU - Master and Post Graduate education and training in multi-disciplinary teams. 15 European universities working together to educate, train and deliver specialists in Integral Sustainable Energy Design of the Built Environment. Project is supported by Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) EU Program. The basic task of IDES-EDU project is implementation of Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD) in Master and Postgraduate programmes in EU education. www.ides-edu.eu
As additional activities this year will be 8th Passive house architecture and 5th EPBD IDES-EDU seminar, 10th International seminar on Summer Schools and Workshops and International children´s art workshop.
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