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April 28, 2011

April 12, 2011

Giovani, Monumenti e Forze Idrauliche, Firenze

Hi bloggers,

here is an Italian initiative happening in Florence next monady (April 18th – 9.30pm to 13.30 pm at the Auditorium al Duomo in Via de’ Cerretani 54r) , in order to celebrate  the World Heritage Day – which is yearly promoted by UNESCO and ICOMOS on April 18th: this year’s topic is the Heritage of  Water, and ICOMOS Italia has promoted other two celebrations to be held in Venice and Assisi.
Click here for more information in English or write the Italian text below.

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In occasione della Giornata Internazionale dei Monumenti e dei Siti celebrata il 18 aprile dall’UNESCO e dall’ICOMOS, la Sezione Giovani di ICOMOS Italia con l’Ufficio Centro Storico del Comune di Firenze e con il sostegno della Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco-Life Beyond Tourism®, organizza un evento dedicato al tema del “patrimonio culturale dell’acqua”, tema unificante della giornata per l’anno 2011. L’iniziativa si svolge sotto l’egida del Consiglio Italiano per i Monumenti e Siti (ICOMOS) e con il patrocinio dell’ICCROM e del Centro UNESCO di Firenze.

Il programma dell’evento, aperto al pubblico, comprende – oltre agli interventi istituzionali e ai contributi di esperti fra i quali il TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage), il Centro UNESCO Firenze, il CICOP (Centro Internazionale per la Conservazione del Patrimonio Architettonico) e il Portale No-Profit Life Beyond Tourism® – la presentazione del film documentario “Per Firenze” del Maestro Franco Zeffirelli sull’alluvione di Firenze del 1966

La Giornata si terrà a Firenze presso il Life Beyond Tourism® Auditorium al Duomo in Via De’ Cerretani 54r, il 18 aprile dalle ore 9:30 alle ore 13:30, ed è inserita nel programma di eventi promosso da ICOMOS Italia, che comprende un incontro a Venezia (‘Reti culturali territoriali per il patrimonio delle acque’) e ad Assisi (‘I Siti Italiani del Patrimonio Mondiale’).

Per maggiori informazioni:
Segreteria Sezione Giovani ICOMOS Italia
Via del Giglio 10 – 50123, Firenze
(+39) 055 216066, giovani@icomositalia.com
www.icomositalia.com

L’evento è anche su Facebook: a questo link.

December 10, 2010

Zakopane Style lands in California, USA

Hi bloggers,

do you remember Marta Norenberg’s article on Polish architectural Zakopane style!?? If not, check it out at this link because we have discovered that a brand-new Zakopane-styled-cottage is under construction in Sierra Nervadas in California (USA), 40 miles north of  Lake Tahoe! The place is called Grizzly Ranch.

On November 19th 2010, Paul R. Bolt commented on Marta’s article informing us about the project, as well as about its architectural connections with European carvings. As Paul explained: “we are utilizing this beautiful architectural style in an alpine project, a compound to be built in the high Sierra Mtns […]. The compound will be appropriately named Zakopane, and we will be incorporating European wood and stone carvings.” The team is travelling and reasearching among European and Asian architectural sites, in order to carefully reproduce the style’s details.

The project is currently in the final planning phases. Constuction of the first building will be starting on April 2011, and will consists of a 200 square meter Caretaker’s Cabin. Architectural style of the Tatras Mtns will be used; and an European-styled-wood carvings executed in the village of Jepara (Java, Indonesia) will be incorporated.  In addition, antique stone flooring from several temples in China, as well as stone carvings from several workshops in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China will be part of the decoration.
In Stage Two – Paul specifies – “we will construct a Main Hall of 600 square meters with grand stone fireplace, formal eating and kitchen areas, and multiple bunk room/sleeping areas for guests.”

Production is by “a world-class architectural firm from Bozeman, Montana, called Pearson Design Group. Larry Pearson and his team are perhaps the number one design team in North America, when it comes to log and stone.  Because of their involvement, the entire project will be promoted and printed in magazines and books around the world.”

Thank you Paul, we will certainly keep in touch throghout the process, and we are looking forward to see the final realization of the Grizzly Ranch!

Article by Alessandra Brignola

October 25, 2010

Tourism as a mean of health rehabilitation

Tuscany, Italy

Tourism is not just an interesting thing in our life, but useful, and even necessary.
This is a purposeful journey with stops in the spiritual centers of the world with a view to restoring the health of the tourist.
This opens new aspects of tourism. This view allows you to consider our stay in another country as an opportunity to improve your health. Even when we go to a lot of new places (or move more than in our hometown), a the new landscape/environment brings us to new emotions/feelings – all these actions  within our body are beneficial.

Here we can consider three different aspects of  benefit: cognitive, emotional, and physical.

Cognitive
a) opportunity
. clinics
. mean of therapy
. medicine
b) ergonomics
c) logistics
. step-aerobics

Emotional
a) change of environment
. as a means of  “switching off” the low state of body and mind
b) body chemistry (Endorfine)   – walking
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nature – environment – people

Physical
Physical training therapy & food
. food
. fresh air (metabolism  and body training)
. blood eritrocits
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SPA

While at the same time we provide some suggestins within the classic travelling experience:
– visit pristine places of the world, rich in unique culture and spiritual heritage of antiquity
– cho0se clean areas, ecological food, intimacy with nature
– smooth communication with carriers of unique knowledge in the field of medicine
– individual approach to the tourist in the preparation of his course of rehabilitation
– organized by treatment with the provision of shelter and food

– by Okasana Mironenko, Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate 2010 from Ukraine

Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine

Dolomite Mountains, Italy

October 13, 2010

Regional architecture in Poland – Zakopane Style otherwise Witkiewicz Style

Hi bloggers
Today I would like to share with you an information about the style in regional Polish architecture, which is kept in my country from above hundred years.
The Zakopane Style was introduced to architecture by Stanisław Witkiewicz in the nineteenth century, and we can now find fragments of this style in present buildings. The name of the style comes from the name of the place where this style first appeared in buildings – Zakopane. Now, it is a popular touristy city comprising within  Tatry mountains. Unfortunatelyk, many tourists do not return the attention on this beautiful wooden architecture.

In the nineteenth century, Zakopane was a small village. In 1890, Stanislaw Witkiewicz settled in Zakopane. He is a painter, architect and theoretician of the art who has extended this city. He imitated on góral (the occupants of mountains) traditional building, and he added  to these the elements of secession. Witkiewicz extended the country hut so that the magnificent villa came into being. Villas were placed on high underpinning brick stones. Walls were adorned with bas-reliefs and floral and geometrical patterns. A veranda called przyłap, and a little room on the loft – wyglądy – were the different characteristic element of houses. The Zakopane style was proclaimed national style. The Witkiewicz’s  style found his imitators in different cities, not only on mountain terrains. In this style also furniture, home equipments, clothes, articles from chinas, musical instruments and souvenirs were made. The elements of góral culture also influenced composers and writers works.

At present,  museums commemorating former customs of the inhabitants of the mountains are located in ancient villages, and it is possible to examine  both traditional dresses and furniture and equipment of flats.

If  in your country there are some interesting local styles/details, please share observations about them!

By Marta Norenberg
Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate – October 2010

October 11, 2010

On a mysterious ornament

Dear bloggers,

together with our Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate Aygun Aghakishibayova we will discover some of the details of Azerbijan’s architecture.. enjoy!!

“Architecture of Azerbaijan is rich with varied contrasts. They appear as in the central part of the city and beyond its borders. Today I invite you to look at the building of Azerbaijan Architecture and Construction University in Baku…
But before that, I will say a few words about cultural influence.

Propagation of the Muslim religion had a great influence on the national architecture because it defined certain conditions. For example, you can not use images of  human beings, and this contributed to the flourishing of decorative arts. Architectural ornament has become widely used to decorate buildings.

In 1970-1980 in Baku, a new building hosting the Civil Engineering Institute –  where I study – was designed and built. Unremarkable reinforced concrete structure was built during the Soviet period and was no different from others. In order to decorate the building,  geometrical patterns were designed along the entire facade on the concrete panels. At first glance it’s just plain dash. But if you look closely, you can discern the word “Allah” performed by Kufic Arabic script!!! And this interestinlgy was during the Soviet period. To hide a sign, the author has made the words in mirror-type, and each successive image is made upside down so that it was not recognizable by the government.

They built in the most ‘stagnant’ way during the Soviet era. And surprisingly, that Soviet Intelligence had overlooked it. After all,  if  government would have  caught the author’s  idea of using the word “Allah” on the building of the higher education institution they owned, he would have had a very hard time. But the y didn’t  notice it…

This is just an example. But I think it helps to understand that Baku is the city of contrast. And most unusual moments can be found in the usual places.”

September 29, 2010

Village Lagich

Hello bloggers,

today, we are gonna travel to the village of Lagich in Azerbaijan with our Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate Gulnara Safarova from Baku, Azerbaijan! Enjoy the trip!

Last summer I visited a very beautiful and interesting place.

Insulation made Lagich a very atypical place within Azerbaijan: there  still is widespread Indo-European dialect, coming from the old Persian language. The settlement was originally an important center of copper production, but it soon subsided. Then, handicrafts remained here the main activity for a long period.
Today, the main income comes from tourism, carpet weaving, and copper work (pot, samovars …).

Due to frequent earthquakes the village developed its own way of projecting buildings, with the traditional technique of the transverse connection of stone and wood. But you can visit a lot of other very interesting places in Lagich just walking down the streets, visiting the Museum and the Mosque, viewing shops, and visiting the manufactory of carpet weaving.

Lagich is an ancient village, which has not changed, despite modern times!

September 14, 2010

Architectural- ethnographic museum Hohlovka

Perm architectural – ethnographic museum (real wooden city) is located in a village called with the same name, which is 45 kilometers from Perm. The museum is located on a picturesque high hill washed by the Kama river on the three sides.

19 monuments of wooden architecture of the Perm area (XVII-XX centuries) are located here on 42 hectares.
In this area you can see the houses of that period, observe how people lived, and know about their occupation and their way of life. Besides, on this territory there are specific houses: the mill, the fire station, Russian baths and others.

Nowadays,  in exhibitions guests can also see the objects connected with the traditional occupations of local people of that time.

Besides, the guests of this open air museum can also feel the magnificent energy of the place, adore the Urals landscape which is unforgettable at any time of the year.

Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate Natalya , Russia

September 13, 2010

Open-air painting with water colour technologies!

Hi bloggers,

While the Romualdo Del Bianco Fondation with Life Beyond Tourism is welcoming in Florence, Italy, the workshop Open air on the estates Medici in the environments of Florence and Lastra Signa, we decided to  give you some information about open-air painting! How?? By  a little watercolour lesson by Professor Yuri Kolomiets from Kiev National University of Building and Construction, Kyiv – Ukraine. Below we report Professor Kolomiets’ paintings and text:

“My name is  Yuri Kolomiets. I have been  practicing in water-colour technology for more than 20 years. As an artist I always felt drawn to simple landscape peasant theme. Small corner of village backyards.

Village Church of St.Paraskeva, watercolour, 23x28cm

Worm white  shades of  cottage walls, violet shadows with numerous picturesque reflections, colour from yellow to soft green. Coloured too small gardens crossing by horizontal pattern of shadows. Colours is melting into each others, rhytmes is transforming from smallest patches in larger. All of that creates charming images that  always are in harmony with human being sand the surrounding environements.

Sometimes I mainly prefer to work  in  Kiev’s open-air spaces, such as the Museum of Folk Architecture and domestic life of Ukrainians. Its name is Pirogovo Village. Museum is situated nearby Kiev city, and featuring some of the 300 representative examples of vernacular buildings from all over Ukraine. Its exposition was set up according to historic and ethnographic regions of Ukraine. Numerous houses, churches, windmills and household buildings are restored, renovated, and well located in surrounding nature. I quite often prefer to paint and draw there, because it is in tune with  my artistic objectives. By painting a new subject I’m striving not only to receive plesure from contemplation, but attracting spectators to admire beauties of nature.

Shinok, watercolour - 17x28cm

What would I say about create my images, shown in a water colour  picture named “Shinok”. (It was a  kind of  historical and domestic village -space, such as a tavern  or a trattoria). I depicted a scene typical and usual, but tried to pay attention to the nature condition, and the structure of the composition . Autumn  landscape with skillfully applied colored tones, contrasting with each other on the foreground but becaming opaque  when striving into depth.
In the centre of  the picture I used a composition device, that produces an effect of perspective:  a piramidal structure incorporates lineas with regard for the laws of linear perspective. Lines of thatched cottage roof  pointing on it, I think. These virtual lines can be extended more, through the cherry  trees on the left side, then toward two men (ukrainian kozaks), and with their shadows. From the right side of the roof, you can watch the same line going downward and lock the triangular main group. While the foreground appears to be in contrast short earthy brushstrokes in the grass, crossing by  longe shadows from sunset, background seems plunged in darkness of the right side. A dramatic condition of fall soft and mild evening, I tried to portray by particularly contrasting dark and light tones. The picture is reflecting, that real automne become not yet. Contrasts and , soft tones create a good mood,
filled with worm and transparent sunset light. Bushes with red and yellow flowers of middleground and in the centre, supplement and adorn the whole composition. All of that gives to image freshness and completness.

Church of All Saints, watercolour, 23x28

I prefer  avoiding strong sunlight while painting, go out to paint in the afternoon, even close to evening, when the lights go fade, become more diffused, and the sun no longer cast deep shadows. Seems, I painted there in earthy colours with ochre, red, sombre blue, and brown. But if you learn it more attentively, you can see transparence shades with mixtures of green, red, violet, yellow, and blue spectrum colours. Finally I can say, in studying of my paintings scenes, I try to capture light and weather conditions, show to spectators images filled with peacefool and harmony between human being and nature life, a long time ago, where the time had passed slow, and thoroughly.”

Yuris Kolomiets

Violet Cyclamens, watercolour, 23x28

September 10, 2010

When San Gimignano and Prague meets through art

Hi bloggers,

as we say in the Life Beyond Tourism ethos, contemporary art & traditional knowledge can truly bring two far away countries and cultures together…

today this is happening in  San Gimignano (Italy) and Prague (Czech Republic), where it will be soon taking place a parallel exhibition byMarco Piazza.

The exhibition Gruppo di figure in cammino – Voci dal mondo has been promoted by important international organization such as Associazione Città e Siti Italiani Patrimonio Mondiale UNESCO and Consolato Onorario della Repubblica Ceca; but also the Municipality of  San Gimignano, and Life Beyond Tourism.

What: Marco Piazza Gruppo di figure in cammino – Voci dal mondo

When: September 11th at 5.oopm – October 30th


Where:
San Gimignano, Siena, Italy. Cortile del Palazzo Comunale

Fell free to download the brochure and the invitation.

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