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Koinetwork has been involved in the application as co beneficiary in a project Horizon 2020 (expected evaluation on July2016) aiming promoting the European public and cultural space, entitled: A Bridge over the Boundaries: Virtual Museum of the Crossing Borders. The network is composed by 13 participants from 6 countries leaded by the Politecnico of Milan, Department of Design.
The starting point is that European heritage and the cultural patrimony need new ways to enable a social access as broad and participated as possible. The virtual component necessarily spreads throughout the territory by means of embodied and embedded technologies, enhancing fruition that takes place not only on line but also on site.

XBRID proposes (a) an innovative model of Virtual Museum in which digital technologies are complementary to territorial interventions; (b) a model of Social Platform that develops accessibility and active participation of a broad and differentiated public, those already active in the creation of a knowledge repository, but even used by the emarginated ones usually left on the boundary line of cultural operations; (c) a model that impacts locally, but whose range is amplified and disseminated by virtual communication tools.

XBRID implements knowledge and contents owing to a multidisciplinary European partnership of excellence with specific competences (museums, representatives of the social-economic sector, cultural and research institutions, subjects belonging to the education sector, creative industries): this network should facilitate the exchange of information among actors that have been long-promoting art, culture and training.
The beneficiaries and users are: researchers, scholars, stakeholders, museums, citizens and people touched by exclusion.

XBRID aims at overcoming various boundary lines to satisfy the emerging social paradigms. It is an innovative model of social development and comprehension of the European culture and cultural heritage that focuses on topics related to geographical boundaries viewed as sensitive and emblematic places for the implementation of artistic, social and cultural processes.

XBRID envisions innovative paradigms of cultural experience and - above all - improves the cultural identity of the communities involved through intercultural dialogue and the activation of new expressions of “performative heritage”.


Koinetwork has been involved in preparing the application of this project TRACINER. The project aims at raising awareness and at training front line practitioners working with vulnerable people, or groups at risk of radicalization, in order to give them the most suitable tools to detect and confront the ideological radicalization processes, understood as the precondition for further involutions or the threat of criminal activities.
The training courses foreseen by the project aim to:
· raise awareness and understanding of the radicalization processes and of the contexts where they grow, based on the training, educational and relational needs assessment
· help the operators to recognize some of the signs of people at risk/vulnerable people
· strengthen the public administration front line practitioners, providing tools to react in the most appropriate way
· encourage the growth and reinforcement of local working groups (multi-agency) among public, private and civil society organizations (like Islamic Associations to enhance the so called "Good Masters") involving practitioners from different sectors working for the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism
· Start up a network of “Strong cities” at the Mediterranean level involving the local multi-agencies to share good practices and approaches in CVE
· Start-up of a web TV focused in spreading awareness/information/training on radicalization and violent extremism issues (counter-narrative included)


Project 2012-2014
Counternarration for Counterterrorism. "
The Terrorism Survivors Storytelling. Global platform for resilience stories and radicalisation awareness"
Ue programme ISEC
(read more...)"

Louis Bergeron est décédé le 9 octobre 2014.

Né en 1929, ancien élève de l’Ecole normale supérieure, était entré au CNRS avant d’être élu en 1971 Directeur d’études à l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales.
Historien de la Révolution et de l’Empire, puis de la banque, du patronat, des élites sociales et économiques du XIXe siècle et de l’industrie du luxe, il a orienté son intérêt pour l’archéologie industrielle et le patrimoine industriel à partir des années 1970.
Grand explorateur, homme d’études mais également homme de terrain, Louis Bergeron, a fondé une association, le CILAC, afin de réunir tous les acteurs du patrimoine industriel sur le terrain, en faisant d’un domaine scientifique un atout pour le développement durable des grands sites industriels et également lancé une revue L’Archéologie industrielle en France toujours publiée.
Président de l’Ecomusée du Creusot-Montceau les Mines entre 1996 et 2003, il a beaucoup œuvré pour la reconnaissance international de l’Ecomusée et pour le sauvetage du Lavoir des Chavannes, monument phare du site, et de la tuilerie de Ciry le Noble.
Président de TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage) pendant dix ans, il a réussi à associer plus étroitement à cette institution internationale les pays de l’Amérique centrale et latine et les pays de l’Europe centrale et de l’Est. Louis Bergeron a œuvré pour un fort rapprochement entre TICCIH et le World Heritage Committee d’ICOMOS-UNESCO, rapprochement qui s’est concrétisé dans la signature d’une charte de collaboration.
Louis Bergeron a été aussi à l’origine, en 1999, de la revue semestrielle Patrimoine de l’Industrie/Industrial Patrimony, la seule revue internationale de patrimoine industriel, multilingues et encore publiée par TICCIH, ICOMOS et Koinetwork geie.
Membre fondateur de Koinetwork geie, né comme agence européenne de TICCIH, en 2002, il a été actif dans le groupement jusqu’au bout, notamment dans le renforcement et l’élargissement du réseau des partenaires du groupement et dans la valorisation de sites d’archéologie et patrimoine industriels, dont certains inscrits désormais sur la Liste du Patrimoine Mondiale de l’UNESCO.
Louis Bergeron a marqué profondément par son intelligence, sa culture, sa curiosité scientifique et son affabilité plusieurs générations de chercheurs, d’administrateurs, d’entrepreneurs et de politiques.
Plusieurs d’entre nous se réclament ses filles et fils spirituels, mais notre pensée va aujourd’hui à son épouse qui l’a toujours accompagné dans son gout pour la découverte et à ses enfants, Sylvie et Jean-Denis à qui de tels parents ont su transmettre la curiosité intellectuelle, bien si précieux.
Les membres fondateurs de Koinetwork geie et les membres du comité de rédaction de la revue Patrimoine de l’Industrie/Industrial Patrimony, profondément touchés par la disparition de Louis Bergeron lui rendent hommage.

In 2010-2012.

Since 2012, the Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin is registered as World Heritage in the category "cultural landscape".
Koinetwork worked hard with local expert teams first to publicize the idea of an evolving cultural landscape, then to highlight the importance of architecture, and natural and human landscapes associated with industrial production.
This formerly rural area, stretching to the Belgian border on the east to the hills of Artois in the west, is marked by technical and architectural treasures from coal mining built during three centuries: workers' villages, mining, utilities, waste dumps, for a total of 353biens remarkable for their uniqueness, integrity and conservation status.
Koinetwork has especially helped to define the perimeter of the site (120 kilometers long and 12 kilometers wide) and the development of the strengths of the application, such integrity and anchoring in the memory of the inhabitants and environment, strongly supported by the Mayor of Lens.
Louis Bergeron and Maria Teresa Pontois helped create the international scientific committee for preparing the application. Among its members, Massimo Preite, as well member of the magazine "Patrimoine de l’industrie/Industrial Patrimony” who dedicated BMU several pages.

In 2009-2010.

Sesto San Giovanni: a History and a Future. Industrial Heritage for the Whole World
• International Symposium, 2010 September 24 - 25. The Symposium will be broadcast live in Italian and English on this web page.

Koinetwork ’s Manager gives notice concerning her professional POSITION
• Among those who have attended the Congress in Freiberg, some may have
noted that Dr Maria Teresa Pontois had not been standing for her re-election as a member ot the TICCIH Board of Trustees after having served as such since 1997. She wants to let know the reasons of such a decision, which has been a matter of deontology.
Indeed, her professional responsibilities at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) have evolved in the course of the year 2009. Due to her joining to the Directorate of Research Development of that institution, she is now in charge of: - setting up partnerships including a valorization dimension with European and international entities and actors of the socioeconomic sphere as well as of the academic one; - of elaborating and  accompanying partnership projects within the framework of European and international programmes associating training and research.
In such a context, she deemed it convenient from an ethical point of view to cease belonging to the Board of an international Comittee like TICCIH (of which statute is that of a Charity under British law, that is of a private entity whose directors (trustees) will shoulder a responsability extended to the financial matters) – and the’ Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, which is a public entity under French law enforcing, on its side, some limits to the private activities of its members. This decision aims to avoid any conflict of interest or any interferences between networks within the vast field of the social sciences of which both the Ecole and TICCIH are parties as well.

New orientations of Koinetwork’s activities
• Following contacts made during the French-Japanese workshop held on 27th - 29th May 2009, Koinetwork has entered a phase of closer relationship with the French Section of ICOMOS in view of developing various forms of cooperation.
• In the aftermath of that same workshop, which has meant for Koinetwork a
quite new experience with respect to its former activities, it has been considered to give it an extension in the shape of a second international which might be organised in France in the course of 2010. The team should consist in a deepened thought about the ways of enhancement of industrial heritage which could allow it to be integrated into some forms of sustainable development at the local and regional scale, and more specifically in the case of sites of universal or exceptional value (in the ICOMOS / UNESCO
sense). Our European Group can but be satisfied to observe that the problematics it has put on its agenda is more and more receiving an echo from a variety of initiatives, such as the all recent one by the City of Belfort which has organised (13th & 14th November 2009) a colloquium entitled «Identity and modernity of an industrial territory», which aimed at «questioning the problem of the future of industry in the world».

• For Helena Zemankova, who is teaching architecture at the Technical University of Brno, the year 2009 has been filled with events related to cultural and in particular industrial heritage:
- within the ERASMUS intensive programme Global Quality Heritage Management prepared by the Polytechnical Institute in Tomar (Portugal) she has organised an international workshop in Macao, which gathered some thirty students from all around the world and a number of specialists. It has been made use of the criteria defined by the organisation Herity, from Rome, for the purpose of evaluating the cultural quality of that city and of its region (March 2009).
Koinetwork intends to attempt to develop a collaboration with Herity.
• She has been invited by Design factory, a small cultural centre in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, to be a member of the jury in the competition for reconverting the Energy Centre in Pieštany into a museum (February 2009).
• Les Rencontres, an association of cities and regions of the Great Europe for culture, has organised a meeting of Czech and European elected members (on the occasion of the Czech Presidency of the European Union)
in Zlín (June 11-14). Helena Zemankova was in charge, as a Koinetwork’s representative, to prepare the industrial heritage day. She set up the exhibition aith which she had formerly participated in the European project
«Urban Industrialisation , Environment and Society: new Perspectives of Equilibrium in Northern, Central and Southern European Countries». She equally gave a conference on the reasons why Zlin has been declared to be a European heritage.
• At the beginning of October, H.Z. has participated with colleagues from Florence, Nancy, Saarbrücken and students from the four countries in a workshop in Pietrasanta (Italy) about a project for reusing as an art gallery an ancient derelict building in the Massa Carrara area.
• The architecture agency Václav Zemánek is on the way to complete the files of a project for reconverting the former Centre of Energy in Ostrava - Vítkovice into a City of Sciences addressing the students of the schools and the university of Ostrava.
It is about a complex registered as national monument. The realization of that project might be engaged in 2010.

In 2008-2009 Koinetwork geie has decided to determine a new balance within its activities. While persisting in its basic tasks of editing and publishing TICCIH Journal Patrimoine de l’industrie / Industrial Patrimony, our team has reduced its investments in terms of participation in programmes of the European Commission dealing with cultural topics and actions. The main reason of that reduction is the gap which seems to be more and more uneasy to fill in between the specific interests of our group and the orientation of the European cultural programmes. While our interests are mainly in the field of the diffusion of the knowledge, of research and instruments of research in industrial archaeology, of enhancement of industrial heritage by means of its harmonious articulation on territories and landscapes, of the preservation of the immaterial heritage, of the reintegration of industrial heritage in economic, social and cultural types of sustainable development of the post-deindustrialized societies, etc. - the European Commission is now preferably supporting mass actions, financing already powerfully endowed structures rather than small size innovative associations, favouring fields and debates already widely diffused about the use of media for cultural purposes, the organization of big events, and themes peripherical or alien to industrial heritage.
Nevertheless, Koinetwork will remain attentive to the contents and calls in the context of the new European programmes aiming at building bridges between Europe and non-European countries. For instance, our group has offered its support and disponibility for obtaining financial help regarding the Indian TICCIH representative’s plans for a TICCIH Conference to be held in his country.

Briefly said, they are all guided by the will of intensifying our networking business.
1. We have established a fruitful connection with the association Les Rencontres, which has been working over years with a lot of European countries (beyond the limits of the European Union) at the level of city authorities and regions. They are organizing a series of meetings in various European cities on all the themes related
to the construction of the cultural unity of Europe. Louis Bergeron participated, to begin with, in their meeting of Covilha, Portugal, in Fall 2007 (see Part Two of the issue n. 21 of our Journal), dealing namely with the restoration and reuse of an important heritage stock in an urban context. In Spring 2008 Maria Teresa Pontois took part in their meeting in Mons (Bergen, Wallonia), about the theme of immaterial heritage, and in June 2009 Helena Zemankova will be the representative of Koinetwork in the meeting in Zlin, Moravia, Czech Republic, in order to draw attention on the formidable wealth of that city regarding modern industrial heritage and its ideology.
2. Koinetwork’s interest now is strongly on applications to the World Heritage List (in course of execution or to be planned shortly) of industrial sites which are on the way to their urban restructuring connected with the safeguard of their industrial heritage. Such is the case of Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy), supported by Maria Teresa Pontois’s and Louis Bergeron’s consultancy, or of Ivrea (Piedmont, Italy) where Maria Teresa Pontois and Luca Guglielminetti are involved in a project of an open air museum of modern industrial architecture at the scale of a whole city. In Ostrava (Moravia, Czech Republic), Helena Zemankova and Vaclav Zemanek, both as architects and Koinetwork’s agents, are actively negotiating the recognition of their plans for a close and proficuous association of the industrial memory with the reactivation of the protected ex-industrial area of the most important ironworks in the former Austro-Hungarian empire. Let us record also the deep interest of Koinetwork towards the French application of the Bassin Minier Nord-Pas de Calais, a thoroughly innovative concept of industrial landscape, as well as for that of the Swiss « clock cities » of Le Locle and La Chaux de Fonds, in particular due to consultancies by Louis Bergeron.
3. Year 2009 will remain as a landmark in the history of the development of Koinetwork since the group dared at that time organize its first international workshop. The participants were coming to Paris end of May from Japan, Saarland, Regione Lombardia, Principalidad de Asturias, Cultural Foundation of the Piraeusbank – and have been welcomed by the City Council of Paris, the Region Ile de France and the Conseil Général de la Seine-Saint-Denis. Issue n° 22 of the Journal (end of December 2009) will be entirely dedicated to publishing the proceedings of that meeting . The theme was « Cultural Heritage and Economy », a theme suggested by a former Japanese initiative to which Louis Bergeron had been associated in Tokyo-Yokohama end of 2007. Truly said, the decision of organizing that workshop has also been connected with Koinetwork’s strong support to the Japanese « tentative list » of Wordl Heritage Sites, which now includes in first rank the wonderful silk factory in Tomioka (Honshu).

All those new orientations are in line with the vocation of Koinetwork as « an agency for the internationalisation of cultures and companies », insofar as they imply an extended cooperation with enterprises, foundations, ministeries (as it has been recently the case with the Japanese METI – Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry – and the IIST Foundation – Institute for International Studies and Training).

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On 13th to 15th November 2008 an important conference has been held at the Historical Mining Centre in Lewarde (Nord-Pas de Calais Region), in cooperation with the CILAC, entitled: “The Mining Landscape, a Controversial Landscape”. That conference was also part of a campaign of events intended to support the elaboration of the application file of the Coal Basin to an inscription on the Unesco World Heritage List, by wide-spreading the information among the political personnel as well as among a local, French and foreign public about that ambitious initiative. The General Secretary of the Centre, André Dubuc, had asked Louis Bergeron to assume the scientific chairmanship of the conference.

The National Association of the Architects of the French State Buildings held in Bordeaux on 4th-6th December 2008 its annual Congress, gathering close to 400 French and European participants. The general theme was: ”Sustainable development and Heritages. European Policies”. The organizers, Mrs Dominique Herla-Douçot and Nathalie Chazalette, had invited Koinetwork to participate in one of the sessions, around a more specific theme: ”Presentation of pilot experiences of sustainable revitalization of redundant areas in Europe”. Within that framework and under the coordination of Maria Teresa Pontois, papers have presented the creation of an “ecological quarter” in downtown Grenoble and the plans for a quarter with a “high quality of life” in Amsterdam. They were followed by the contributions of Dr Geneviève Dufresne, the French TICCIH National Representative and CILAC vice-president, of our associate professor Helena Zemánková, of the Mayor and the Director of Urban Planning of Sesto San Giovanni, and of architect Bernard Plattner, from Renzo Piano Building Workshop. One of the coming issues of the Journal will namely echo their presentation of the cases of Oslo, Zlin and Sesto San Giovanni.

On 29th October 1908 Camillo Olivetti founded in Ivrea (Region of Piedmont) the first typewriter machine in Italy. One century later, in March 2008, the Italian Ministry for cultural goods and activities, following an initiative from the Adriano Olivetti Foundation, the City of Ivrea and the Politecnico of Milan, has created a National Committee for the Centennial of the Olivetti Company. The programme of activities included a cycle of meetings on the theme of the enhancement of the cultural and architectural heritage of the company, and more particularly on the revitalization of the Open Air Museum of Modern Architecture in Ivrea. In the longer term what is foreseen is the elaboration of an application of Ivrea for an inscription on the Unesco World Heritage List.
Koinetwork was invited by Laura Olivetti and Patrizia Bonifazio, respectively president and member of the Adriano Olivetti Foundation, to participate in the first meeting, on the theme: ”Why that Museum ? Themes, practices, actors”, which was held in Ivrea on 11th-16th December 2008. Our associate Luca Guglielminetti has participated in the technical work group (together with professors Jean-Louis Cohen and Maria Luisa Sturani), which is defining the global enhancement strategy for such a patrimony.

Koinetwork has received from Guido Vanderhulst, a former TICCIH Board member and President of TICCIH Belgium, and member of the High Commission for Historic Monuments of Brussels-Region, a call for help. We are citing him straight hereafter:
“May I draw your attention and ask for your explicit support for the safeguard and renewal of the GODIN manufacture in Laeken-Brussels (…)a social and industrial heritage whose interest greatly exceeds the local context. (…) Other documents are available at my address: gvanderhulst@skynet.be 
A proposal for its classification as a historical monument was again lodged in August 2006 with the Brussels Government that has full decision-taking power. But a real estate developer has acquired the former manufacture to set up a hypermarket and I suspect that a large, active lobby is behind the project.
If you agree, please send me a letter indicating your support and broadcast this appeal in your publications or newsletters for example. I will communicate your opinions to the municipal and regional authorities and will keep you informed of the progress of the dossier. You can also write directly to the Secretary of State for Heritage, (Botanic Building - Boulevard Saint-Lazare, 10 – 12th floor, 1210 Brussels) and send me a copy.
25 years ago, I founded LA FONDERIE and was Director of the Centre for the economic and social history of the Brussels Region until 2006. I was particularly active in successfully saving the exceptional site of TOUR & TAXIS. Alongside La Fonderie, I enjoyed the support of most national and international experts of our heritage. This support made the difference.”
Koinetwork is supporting that campaign.

Koinetwork has applied at the European Commission for the approval and support of a project within the Programme eContentplus 2008. Our group has gathered in its partnership several TICCIH Board members as well as National TICCIH Representatives, and leaders of national associations or of academic institutions and private Foundations. The aim of the project is to select materials from a number of publications in Industrial Archaeology and Heritage in seven European countries in order to assemble them into an open access virtual library addressing a range of different publics.
Koinetwork, as the publisher of TICCIH Journal, is participating in an exhibition of its publications along with the XXIIIth World Congress of the International Association of Architects ( www.uia2008torino.org ), to be held in Turin, end of June, by care of one of the Departments of the Politecnico. Panels are illustrating the activity of ten country members of TICCIH in the field of Industrial Heritage, borrowing from their 2006 National Reports or from other articles, all published in Patrimoine de l’industrie / Industrial Heritage.
Louis Bergeron was invited to deliver a speech on May 7th 2008 at a meeting organised in Perugia by the Regione Umbria on the occasion of the enforcement of a regional law on eco-museums.A number of participants came from different regions in Italy, namely from Piedmont, whose reports were testifying about the strength, in that European country, of the movement intended to the creation of that kind of institution, to which industrial heritage in particular is clearly indebted.
Tuija Mikkonen has delivered a report at TICCIH Seminar on Training and Education within the field of Industrial Heritage, Stockholm-Norberg, Sweden, 8-11 June 2008, entitled: ”E-learning as method in Industrial Heritage education”. She summarized the results achieved through TORUS, a one year project and network financed in 2007 by the Finnish Ministry of Education. The Finnish University network for the History of Science and Technology was a joint effort of a number of Finnish universities, coordinated by the Department of History at the University of Oulu. One of the 17 different courses was an introduction to industrial heritage studies, which was planned and coordinated by Tuija Mikkonen.
Maria Teresa Pontois has been invited to participate at Le Grand Hornu (Belgique) on May 16th 2008 in a meeting organized by the Association "Les rencontres". That organization, “an association of the cities of the Greater Europe for culture”, has been created by and for elected representatives in charge of education and culture in more than 160 territorial communities in the European Union.
The Rencontre in Mons was consecrated to the general theme of “Roots and Culture”, a reflection around the experience of the Walloon city of Mons (of which festival “La Ducasse” has been put on the World Heritage List as an example of immaterial heritage). She delivered a speech entitled : “From built heritage to immaterial heritage of industry : research, safeguard, interpretation of the traces”.
Maria Teresa Pontois had formerly delivered another speech on the occasion of a “Rencontre” of the same Association in Covilha (Portugal) on November 8th 2007 entitled: “Is industrial heritage a value shared by local an European cultural policies in the perspective of a sustainable development ?” This last text is available on the web at: www.lesrencontres.eu
During that same meeting Louis Bergeron had delivered a speech entitled « Induistrial Heritage : a common patrimony for the world, which should be assumed by cultural policies in all contries ».

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