International Conference: Industrial Heritage in the Context of New Creative Space for Cultural and Economic Development

14 - 16. May 2015.
Novi Sad, Serbia
Venue: Assembly of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina

Presentations of participants

Industrial built heritage represents a multidisciplinary field of research and practice, which, is increasingly gaining importance widely. Entire territory of Serbia keeps the remains of old mines, factories, mills, canals, locks, rail facilities, warehouses and workers' colonies that are constant reminder on life and work through the history.Particularly, importance of industrial heritage in Serbia is reflected in the fact that it is a part of a wider European heritage and reminiscence, because this buildings and infrastructure are in most cases built by engineers from different European countries in the late 19th and early 20th Century.

Despite the growing interest, the largest number of these facilities is neglected, abandoned, left to oblivion and gradual devastation. A large number of these buildings are not yet well understood and appropriately valorized,neither have they enjoyed legal protection. The purpose of this conference is to contribute to the process of changing the current trend by influencing perception and sharing awareness of this significant industrial heritage fond that Serbia possesses. Examples of other European countries will be presented, especially those where industrial heritage has become an important catalyst for social and economic development through their revitalization and their function in a wider contribution to the development of new creative space, art, tourism, small businesses, and particularly identity of the local community. Also, the up-to-date results of the studies, research and concrete actions in this field in Serbia and EU countries,will be presented.

Goals of the Conference


1. Contribution to the creation of an integrated framework of thinking / research and action in the field of industrial heritage.
2. To present, through a comprehensive perspective, wide range of current issues and activities related to the issue of industrial heritage: identity building, sustainable development, technical and practical issues of conservation and preservation, history, architecture, urban planning, tourism, economic and cultural-historical valuation and development policies in this field.
3. To indicate the practical application of the various concepts and methodological principles associated with research in the field of industrial heritage.


1. To gather in one place relevant international and national experts who will explain the importance of preserving the industrial heritage, and to exchange best practices in the field of conservation, management and presentation of this important segment of cultural heritage.
2. To clearly articulate existing resources and potentials of industrial heritage and to propose the guidelines for defining the strategy of the cultural institutions, NGOs and all interested parties in the future.
3. To present the importance of industrial heritage to the general public and media, and involve later in continuous outreach and advocacy campaign.

Expected results


1. Obtaining a comprehensive overview of the status regarding the protection of the industrial heritage in Serbia.
2. Raising awareness about the importance of socio-economic development potential of revitalization projects for industrial heritage in Serbia.
3. Defining guidelines for further improvement of the protection and use of industrial heritage as a development resource.


1. Clarification of the inter-institutional and international connectivity models and mechanisms for cooperation with other fields in order to improve the protection of national industrial heritage and its international presentation.
2. Publishing the conference proceedingsbook of selected works of the participants in printed form.
3. To contribute with its specific aspect on industrial heritage to National Report on Human Settlements being prepared by the Government of Serbia for the World Conference on Human Settlements in 2016.

The Conference is held under the patronageof the Provincial Secretariat for Culture and Public Information of AP Vojvodina, which,for the last ten years,strongly encourages all purposeful activity in the field of industrial heritage preservation, especially those focused on recognition of the significance, conservation and efficient management of the industrial heritage resources. Provincial Secretary for Culture and Public Information Mr. Slaviša Grujić and Rector of University of Novi Sad PhD Radovan Pejanović will inaugurate the Conference.
The speakers will be distinguished professors, experts, researchers in the field of industrial heritage from Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Romenia, Austria and Great Britain.

Significant support are coming from Institute der Regionen Europas (IRE) from Salzburg with it’s selected speakers on the Conference in Novi Sad.

General themes and sub-themes of the Conference:

Schools of thought, research, preservation, and promotion of industrial heritage

1. Conservation and redevelopment of industrial heritage buildings into new creative and active spaces
2. Geological and mining heritage; study, preservation, and redevelopment
3. Workers' colonies as a specific form of housing and the possibility of their restoration
4. Railway heritage and possibilities of its revitalization
5. Waterways and canals industrial heritage and its tourism potential
6. Economic evaluation of relevant forms of value and its elements in the context of industrial heritage buildings
7. The economic importance, development potential and public policy in the context of industrial heritage
8. Industrial tourism
9. The methods for supporting decision-making process and evaluation projects in the field of conservation and revitalization of industrial heritage buildings
10. Legislation in the field of cultural heritage - Challenges and Practices
11. Modern-methods and significance of conservation practices
12. Theoretical and methodological aspects of research in the field of industrial heritage
13. Arts and industrial heritage
14. Mapping and registration of industrial heritage resources

The revitalization of industrial heritage buildings in context of sustainable development and building identity of local communities, cities, regions and nations.

1. Industrial environment as a cultural habitatb
2. Local communities and their role in preserving industrial heritage; the power of civil initiatives
3. Sustainable rehabilitation of industrial heritage
4. Sustainable rehabilitation and modernization of existing industrial heritage buildings in a context of urban areas revitalization
5. High-tech and low-tech materials and technologies in the practice of sustainable rehabilitation of industrial heritage buildings - examples from practice

14-16 May 2015, Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia
Venue: Assembly of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina

Thursday, 14 May, 2015
Arrival of participants
20:00 Welcome Dinner (Hotel Park)

Friday, 15 May, 2015

9.30 – 10.00 Welcome and Opening remarks
- Slaviša Grujić, Secretary for Culture and Public Information of AP Vojvodina, Serbia
- Prof. Dr. Franz Schausberger, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Institute of the Regions of Europe, Salzburg, Austria
- Prof. Dr. Radovan Pejanović, Rector of University of Novi Sad, Serbia
- Bojana Karavidić –NGO Suburbium, President, Serbia

Industrial heritage from different perspectives
Chairman: Prof.Dr. Vladimir Stojanović

10.0 – 10.15 Dr. Gyorgyi Nemeth, Associate professor at University of Miskolc, Hungary: From theory to practice - Developing the first industrial course in Hungary
10.15 – 10.30 Branislav Mitrović, Full professor, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, Serbia: “Built Heritage - Architectural intervention”
10.30 – 10.45 Rifat Kulenović, ARCH, Beograd, Serbia: Museum of science and technology – Museums of science and technology and Industrial Heritage of Serbia
10.45 – 11 Dr Sonja Ifko, Assistant professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia: Activities within the Council of Europe on industrial heritage

Questions and Discussion
11.15– 11.30 Coffee break


Industrial Heritage Revitalization, Economic/development aspects, methods, tools, public policies, experience and practice
Chairman: Prof.Dr. Vladimir Stojanović
11.35 – 11.50 Cristian Macedonschi, City Councilor of Brasov, Romania: Industrial Heritage within the Region of Brasov
11.50– 12.05 Prof. Dr. Biserka Komnenić, Business School Novi Sad, Serbia: New Creative Spaces of Vojvodina: Industrial heritage revitalization as instrument for social and economic development
12.05–12.20 Miljenko Smokvina, Pro Torpedo, Rijeka, Croatia: Economic impact of industrial heritage preservation
12.20 – 12.35 Dimitrije Vujadinović, Jelena Mitić, Balkankult, Novi Sad, Serbia: Vrdnik - sounds of place/Shadows of the past and the lights of future Questions and Discussion
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch

Research and Protection of the Industrial Heritage, possibilities of restoration and reuse
Chairwoman: Prof. Dr. Biserka Komnenić
14.40 - 14.55 Ioana Irina Iamandescu, "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, Departement of History & Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation, Bucharest, Romania: New uses of old industrial sites of Bucharest
14.55 - 15.10 Dr. Mirjana Roter Blagojević, Associate Professor, Dr. Marko Nikolić, Assistant Professor, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, Serbia: Protection and Revitalization of Industrial Architecture of Belgrade–possibilities for improvement in line with the international practice
15.10 – 15.25 Dr. Bogdan Janjušević, The Provincial Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Petrovaradin, Serbia: Industrial Heritage of Beočin – possibilities for revitalization
15.25 – 15.40 Secretary General Adriaan Linters from European Federation of Associations
of Industrial and Technical Heritage (E-Faith), Kortrijk, Flanders, Belgium: Changing view on "industry" through history, best practice examples within E-FAITH 15.40 – 15.55 Aleksandar Stanojlović, architect, Yugocycling Campaign, Pančevo, Serbia: Transformation of disused narrow gauge railroads into greenways Questions and Discussion

Coffee break16.10 – 16.25

Examples of successful revitalization and reuse of industrial heritage buildings
Chairwoman: Bojana Karavidić
16.25 – 16.40 Maja Lalić, Cofounder and Creative Director of Mikser House, Belgrade, Srbia: Mikser House, Conversion of state of mind
16.40 - 16.55 John A. Rodger, MBE, ARIBA, UK: The role of ERIH, and experience of some successful community regeneration initiatives in the UK linked to the promotion of industrial heritage
16.55 – 17.10 Bogdan Erdeljan, architect, Manual Forgotten Arts Museum, Novi Sad, Serbia: “Manual Forgotten Arts Museum: potentials and possibilities”
17.10 – 17.25 Svetlana Bakić, architect conservator adviser The Provincial Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Petrovaradin, Serbia: The possibilities of incorporating industrial heritage in the context of contemporary life

Questions and discussion



Conference Chairs
Slaviša Grujić, Secretary for Culture and Public Information of AP Vojvodina, Serbia
Prof. Dr. Franz Schausberger, Chairman of the Institute Board,Institut der regionen Europas, Austria (IRE)

Honorary Chairman
Prof. Dr.Radovan Pejanović, Rector of University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Program Committee
Prof. Dr. Biserka Komnenić, Business School Novi Sad, Serbia
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Stojanović, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Dr. Bogdan Janjušević, Senior Adviser, The Provincial Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, Serbia

Publication Committee
Vladimir Kopicl, Director, Vojvodina Institute for Culture, Serbia
Prof. Dr. Predrag Šiđanin, Faculty of Technological Science, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Ilija Gubić, Adviser, United Nations Human Settlement Programme UN-Habitat, Kenya

Organizing Committee
Bojana Karavidić, Project Manager, NGO Suburbium, Serbia
Vlado Markanović, Director, Agency “Media Invent”, Serbia

Presentations of participants