21–24 June 2021

The Interdisciplinary and Interfaculty Institute of the University of Ljubljana for Sustainable Protection of Heritage organizes the first University of Ljubljana’s Sustainable Heritage summer school entitled Responsible Renovation of Cultural Heritage Buildings as the Basis of Sustainable and High-quality Living. The summer school is organized in the cooperation of ICOMOS Slovenija and under the honourable auspices of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO.

The topic is focused on the current practice of improving the energy performance of 20th-century residential buildings, representing an important potential of sustainable development as well as opportunities for effective implementation of circular economy in practice.

As in many cases these buildings are an important part of architectural heritage, our focus will be on the questions of how to preserve the values of this heritage and how to introduce the qualities of contemporary living therein.

To achieve the sustainable development goals, created through a just balance among social, cultural, environmental, and economic aspects, we need to establish comprehensive solutions and draw together all stakeholders. The renovations must not address one aspect only, as such solutions lead to inadequate and superficial solutions at the expense of heritage and the quality of living.

The summer school will include talks by renowned international and Slovenian experts. Dr. Ege  Yildirim and Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Jörg Haspel will focus on presenting the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and the significance of preserving the 20th-century architectural heritage; professors and researchers from TU Delft, Prof. Andy van den Dobbelsteen and Dr. Leo Oorschot, will present the Dutch activities in this field, and through the workshops the activities undertaken in the Netherlands in relation to efficient renovations and improving the energy performance of multi-dwelling buildings, in order to achieve the goals of a carbon-free society by 2050 and preserve the significant architectural heritage.

This summer school is intended for students as well as everyone dealing with the problems in question in practice: experts in heritage protection and energy performance improvement, apartment owners, and various decision-makers both in Slovenia and beyond.

The languages of the summer school will be English and for workshops partly Slovenian.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the summer school. Please indicate in the Application Form if you wish to present a problem from your own environment during the afternoon workshops.For their participation at the summer school, the students enrolled in the Master’s study programme will be awarded 3 ECTS, the students enrolled in the Doctoral Programme in Architecture of FA will be awarded 5 ECTS.

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