Saturday, 01.12.2012. at 5.00 pm Saša Randić is participating at Auditorium Museo Revoltella within the festival Piazza dell’Architettura in Trieste, Italiy.

‘What’s going on in the city: a few current practices of urban regeneration in Europe

What’s going on in certain European cities near Trieste and our region, and what are possible principles, strategies, techniques and policies that can help facilitate a better and sustainable growth of our reality?

This meeting will be divided into two parts: first, the urban development of Ljubljana and Rijeka in the past 10 years will be presented as well as the experience of the M9 museum Mestre. Second, a round table discussion with the goal of discovering potential cultural and technical bridges, as well as motivation for further development of our urban realities.


Auditorium Revoltella Museum – Saturday, December 1st at 5:00 PM

Guido Guerzoni, Department of public policies analysis and public management of the Milan Bocconi University
Janez Koželj, architect and Deputy Mayor of Ljubljana
Saša Randić, architect and former President of the Croatian Architects’ Association

Round table
Andrea Dapretto, Head of Department of Assets and Cultural and Public Works – City of Trieste
Elena Marchigiani, Head of Urbanism, Mobility and Traffic, Private Construction, and Complex Projects – City of Trieste

moderator Dimitri Waltritsch, architect


About the project Piazza dell’Architettura

“Architecture is a fundamental element of history, culture and life of every European country, it represents a form of artistic expression that is important in the daily life of citizens and represents a legacy for the future.”

 These are words with which the Council of Europe set architecture and the architectural profession in the midst of a territorial transformation, the goal being to foster quality of both the urban and rural areas we live in.

However, in Italy, architecture and the architectural profession aren’t currently recognized from a proper perspective for their true value. The wounds and scars that mark our territory bear witness to this statement.

Due to such reasons, in the summer of 2012, the Order of Architects, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservators of the Trieste region (OAPPC), in collaboration with the Borough of Trieste Department of Culture, promoted and organized the first edition of the manifestation entitled “Piazza dell’Architettura” (Architectural Square).

Through exhibitions and gatherings at the Salone degli Incanti (the former fish market) and the Revoltella Museum, over 5000 visitors participated in the Manifestation during its 15-day-long run.  Over a thousand people visited the Trieste architecture study in view of the Atelier Ouverts open doors days along with related events in which various local cultural organizations participated. 200 children participated in workshops that were organized for them. Furthermore, the online blog about the manifestation generated over 11200 hits within the organization of the Ctrl-x group from the Trieste Faculty of Architecture and almost 500 fans from the manifestation’s Facebook page.

These are but a few indicators which mark this international manifestation that has been organized in Trieste and our region for the first time. These are the main reasons why the Order of Architects, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservators of the Trieste region (OAPPC) decided to organize a second edition of the manifestation “Piazza dell’architettura 2012” that’s set to be held in Trieste from November 29th 2012 to February 24th, 2013.

Why the Piazza/Square? In European, and especially Italian cities, the square represents a symbol of socialization and togetherness. A square is a place where people meet up, put themselves on display and compare and contrast themselves with others. Scenes of urban civilization take place in squares. That’s why we envisioned an event as one large square, in this case covered, yet open towards the city and all its features, buildings (exhibitions), public institutions (libraries), events (public meetings and more). To sum it up – a large space in which to exchange ideas in, a meeting point for architects and the city.

However, the square can exist within only one urban organism, the city. Due to this reason, numerous architects, expert and cultural organizations and student groups that have similar goals have been included in this event.