December 9, 2009


Hi Bloggers,

we are happy to share with you a nice report about the Degree & Profession Regional Festival 2009 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The report has been published on Azerbaijan magazines, and it was written by Nurlan Koishanbaev – who has been University Delegate at the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation and is thus part of the Life Beyond Tourism (LBT) Club of Ambassadors now! Learn more about the LBT University Delegates-Club of Ambassadors program at this link!
Enjoy the report …

“Baku city was declared as a capital of Islamic Culture by the decision of the Fifth ministers of culture Islamic conference (21th – 23th November, 2007). In connection to this fact, series of events will be held in the capital of Azerbaijan during 2009. One of this events was international festival for students and young architects ”Degree and Profession” which theme is “Traditional Islamic architecture”. The festival was held in period of 14th – 20th March, 2009 and was organized by The Azerbaijan Republic Ministry of Culture, Azerbaijan State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Romualdo del Bianco Foundation, and with assistance of IRCICA. Architects, students and researchers from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Cyprus and Bosnia took part in the festival.

Aim of the Baku Festival is to give to students of Islamic culture a possibility to represent their projects, to acquaint with experience of leading architects, to attend lections of scientists and experts of architecture, to take part in students workshops.

The main initiator of the festival is the Romualdo del Bianco Foundation, which created online base of student’s diploma projects so that they could be widely represented to circle of professionals connected with the Foundation.

53 projects from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Cyprus universities and Turkey master projects took part in diploma projects contest.

KazGASA presented 12 diploma architecture and design bachelor projects – four projects from Architecture department and eight from Design department. Those present authors of projects made short speeches, and other projects were demonstrated as a slide show. Speeches of KazGASA graduates N. Koihsanbaev and Y. Pack were honored with good comments.

There were instituted four awards in nominations Architecture, Urban planning, Restoration and interior design.

Urban planning nomination winner was considered KazGASA graduate Nurlan Koishanbaev’s diploma project “Asiada sports complex development concept in Almaty city”. Each of the winners was awarded with diploma and Romualdo del Bianco Foundation grant – month training course in Italy and 500 euro bonus.

All of the 12 KazGASA diploma works presented in Baku were fulfilled excellently. Students showed creativity and very good graphic abilities. After the projects slide show participants of the festival inquired after our school. Offers of participation in similar events in Florence and Cyprus were made.

The President of Romualdo del Bianco Foundation, Mr. Paolo del Bianco, basing on KazGASA graduates’ diploma projects analysis offered to hold “Degree and Profession” festival next year in Almaty.

The festival in Baku granted a possibility for presenting architectural schools and promoting relations between young architects from different countries.”

November 20, 2008

“Degree and Profession” and The Tourist City


From the 14th to the 19th of March took place  the first “International Regional Festival – Degree & Profession” in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the subject of  Traditional Islamic Architecture.
Participants from 6 countries came together for four days to listen to conferences and discuss regarding the Architecture and the Conservation of Heritage.
The energy of more then 100 participants, students, graduates, professionals and professors created an event that will be a milestone for the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, and its mission “For Intercultural Dialogue – Life Beyond Tourism”, showing how coming together under a common goal can break down the barriers.

More than 25 degree project were presented (Degree, Master, and PhD), and winners were selected to come to Florence for a stage-period: Timur Kiryashov, Nurlan Koishanbaev, Leyla Shiraliyeva and Cavid Mammadov.

Baku is the 2009 Capital of  Islamic Culture!!


Florence, Italy

Dear Blog Friends,

Last week in Florence the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation promoted an International Festival called Degree & Profession, an important meeting for students, graduates, companies, professors, universities and professionals having the chance to share their own knowledge and experiences.

This Festival was rich of conferences, workshops, and other interesting events related to the worlds of school, workculture, architecture, and, of course, TOURISM.
In particular, there was a very interesting workshop about tourism which was intitled The Tourist City, conducted by the Professor Ray Hutchinson from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, U.S.A.


Tbilisi, Georgia

The participants to this workshop were people from all over the world, coming from Georgia, America, Italia, Iran, Estonia, Serbia, Russia, etc., and they were all experts in the field of tourism. Their works were all about the relation between their cities of origin and tourism, in the sense that tourism is a very important aspect for the growth of their economy and for a social and cultural growth too.


New York, U.S.A

It was very interesting to notice how different was the approach of each participant to this argument, and how different was their concept of tourism applied to each one of their cities.
In fact, we can’t talk about New York as a tourist city in the same way as we talk about Tbilisi (the capital of Georgia) as a tourist city, because each place has its own features and characteristics, its history, culture and economy. Therefore, every place has got its own tourism, in the sense that tourism depends on the resources that a particular place can offer to tourists.

For example, New York is a great business city and is so organized and structured that tourists often visit it simply to say “I have been to New York!”. In this case we don’t need to do more to improve tourism in this city or to promote its features because it already does it by itself.
Instead, there are places like Estonia or Iran which are not so well known, which need to be promoted by a different kind of tourism that focuses on their historical, cultural or landascape characteristics.


Belgrado, Serbia

Another interesting point was the intercultural dialogue established by the participants to this workshop. Everyone talked about his country and at the same time interacted and shared his knowledge with the others and learnt about different cultures, cities and realities. They shared their point of view and discussed about different ways of “making tourism” and different experiences and stories.
Again, New York has got a very different culture and history compared to Florence which has got its very personal history too.


Yazd, Iran

In conclusion, every place in the world is worth to be visited and known because of its own features, culture and history. If we want to avoid mass tourism we should visit both the most famous places and the less famous ones because we could happen to be amazed by the beauty of some of these places!

What do you think about it?


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