ATRIUM – Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XXth Century in Urban Management – Project

  • Investor (key institution): European Union
  • Contact person: ATRIUM Project Coordinator (Slovenia): Prof. Dr. Tadeja Zupančič,
  • Year of implementation: 2011-2013
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Slovenia
  • Region: Central Slovenia
  • Town: Ljubljana
  • Impact: regional

    Total costs: 1 EUR

    Source per every institution

    • EU fonds: South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned - names of the institutions

    • EU fonds: 1,932,044 (total); 265,520 (Slovenia)
    • regional: Numerous city municipalities and research institutions from the SE countries are participating in the project
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.

      After project completion, space for organization of cultural and/or social events will be available and the number of cultural and social events is expected to go up.

    2. Improved condition & quality of the public space between the blocks of flats.

      It is envisioned that public spaces become source of experience, a forum for discussions and exchange of information. However, it is not intended for those public spaces to become places of worship for adherents of totalitarian regimes – a balanced historical perspective should be created.

    3. Improved support for the development of small business operators in the area of blocks of flats.

      It is envisioned that small businesses should profit from the creation of the new tourist route.

    4. Improved involvement of the local community in events organized in its quarter.

      It is envisioned that local community’s involvement should change.

    5. Identified new functions for structures from the era of socialism in 1945 - 1989).

      It is envisioned that some structures‘ function should change.


    From wounds of an inconvenient & terrible past, the architectural traces of totalitarian regimes of XX° Century could become an important source of local development, if they were managed & valorised through a trans-national cultural route (in compliance with requisites set out by the Council of Europe with the Resolution n° 12/07) corroborated by tourism cultural products. ATRIUM has been designed to address this still largely unexplored opportunity. Around this new cultural route, new services, and hence new jobs, could be created (hosting, guiding, monuments, restoration etc.), especially for young people and women.

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