HISTORY ACCORDING TO US
Everything at once, here and now. In the third millennium people don’t think about the past: they live by the day, not looking back, nor around, perhaps just a little ahead. And yet history is here, it lives in the space we inhabit and we pass through every day. We move in history, even if we are not aware of it. For urban communities to rediscover the value of history, however, it has to be presented in new and fresh terms.
The Urban Genoma project is based on three ideas:
The UG project aims at breaking down of the distance between academic history and the amateur historians and the general public, as well as removing the barriers between by the different stakeholders in the urban heritage system. It pursues these targets by
developing new modes of telling and communicating the history of places. We especially believe in the potential of digital cartography and multimedia and multilevel approaches. For this reason we have placed a digital platform at the heart of the project – in the jargon, an H-GIS, historical geographic information system (have a look at our “Geohistories”);
creating networks that involve all the parties that deal with urban history or that can use it as a social or economic resource (public bodies, cultural institutions, universities, civic associations…). In fact, our projects usually involve partners from different industries and sectors;
looking at the urban heritage as a changing system that is owned, preserved and utilized collectively. That is why we monitor all the output by the local and international media, the academia, the amateur historians and local associations, the publishing industry, and the cultural and creative industries (from temporary displays to TV production) which takes the urban heritage as a subject.