Controversial Heritage: European Cases in Architecture and Urbanism” by Ankie Petersen has been chosen as the winner of the first quarter of 2018!

Heritage and memory play a major role in the processing of impactful events from the past and the formation of their own cultural identity. Likewise in Europe. The European Union is built on values ​​such as freedom, democracy and respect for human rights. In order to fully appreciate the meaning of this, it is necessary to keep the memories of the past alive, so as to build on the past towards a just future.

“Controversial Heritage: European Cases in Architecture and Urbanism” aims to provide an important supporting contribution to research into fascist architecture and urban development in Italy. The diverse aspects of historical culture with regard to various totalitarian regimes and historical situations of conflict in Europe – from museum presentations to the surrender and design of the places of remembrance – are studied in a mutual and comparative context in Rome.

Image: Fascist architecture in Rome. It concerns the location Foro Italico.

The leading question in this research is how the collective memory clinging to physical places from Mussolini’s fascist regime in Italy, in diverse groups and among different layers of the population, has developed. And how these processes relate to those in other European countries.
Specific, transnational goals are being pursued in a European context: to raise awareness of the shared history and shared values ​​of the European Union. To stimulate peace, democracy, debate, reflection and sustainable development.

The results of this independent scientific research will be shown this autumn at the new website of OLDNEWS. In addition, the publication forms a chapter in The Afterlife of Fascism, The Reception of Modern Italian Architecture and Urbanism at The University of Oklahoma Press. The scientifically-popular ArchiNed and Failed Architecture will translate this publication and place articles on their platforms.

About the quarterly winner:
Ankie is an architectural and urban historian with a special interest in urban development, cultural heritage and political themes. She works as a writer, researcher and project manager through her own agency OLDNEWS – cultural heritage & urban development. She has worked for the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the International New Town Institute, the BNA and writes occasionally as a correspondent at ArchiNed.

We wish Ankie every success with the execution of her project!