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SATURN project visits Warsaw

EWH represented Edinburgh as the SATURN partnership gathered in Warsaw at the end of October.

Nov 14, 2013

The SATURN Project is funded through the Leonardo da Vinci fund, coordinated by Edinburgh World Heritage in partnership with the Warsaw School of Economics and CEIT Alanova. The main objective of the project is the development of standards of vocational training for integrated urban regeneration.

The partners were invited on site visits to two regeneration sites in Warsaw: the Cellars of the Old Warsaw and the former factory of Koneser. The medieval cellars are the remains of old tenement buildings destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944. Many of the cellars were deliberately filled in with debris in order to be restored in the future, and now host museums, exhibition spaces and the Capital Centre of Cultural Education (CCCU). Special thanks to Jacek Fiedorowicz from the Capital City Development Board and Artur Zbiegieni of the Historic Museum of Warsaw for their help with the visits. BBI developers showed the group their project at the former Kosner factory, where heritage-led regeneration is bringing the brown-field site back into use.

The key output of the project is the production of a series of manuals, with case studies from each partner presenting best practice in urban regeneration. The Polish manual has a strong focus on financial mechanisms and explains the social, spatial and demographic aspects of the revitalisation of Polish cities. The Austrian manual gives an idea of how GIS technology is used in regeneration projects through 3D visualisation, phone applications, data presentation and gathering. The Scottish manual is focused on Edinburgh's experience in urban conservation as a tool for urban regeneration and city management.

The manuals are now in draft and will be completed by the end of the year, to be published in summer 2014, as an e-book in English, Polish and German. The results will also be presented at events next years such as REAL CORP 2014 in Vienna. The partners are hoping to expand the project in the future, bringing in new European funding to enable it to cover more subject areas and case studies.

For more details please go to the SATURN blog at or contact the project’s coordinator: Krzysztof Chuchra.

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