The Mutual Building Heritage (The Mutual Building ..)
The Mutual Building Heritage
Start date: Jul 31, 2004,
End date: Mar 30, 2007
The purpose of the project was to increase border cooperation in the restoration and maintenance of wooden buildings, in order to preserve the mutual building heritage. During the project, the intention was to relay information about the regulations and guidelines on the care of Russian and Finnish wooden buildings and to organise restoration training to Finnish restoration planners together with restoration and construction staff , and to distribute information about sustainable restoration methods. It was also the intention to copy the planning permission drawings of the historical wooden buildings of Sortavala in the provincial archives of Mikkeli and forward them to the Department of Architecture and City Planning of Sortavala. There were also intentions in this project to organise two seminars on the restoration of log buildings and related corporate visits in the Republic of Karelia and North Karelia, and support cultural environment-based education. The result of the project would be the Russian translation of the restoration cards of the National Board of Antiquities and the Finnish translation of the restoration instructions of the Russian Ministry of Culture, published as a book and linked as web pages to the home pages of the cultural heritage authorities. Achievements: 17 repair cards (restoration instructions) of the National Board of Antiquities of Finland were translated into Russian. The translations were published in 1000 editions of information leaflets, which were distributed to the partners in Sortavala and Petrozavodsk, for use in teaching and counselling work. These are the first restoration guidelines in plain language published in the Republic of Karelia. Similar instructions in Russian were not achieved, in spite of the eff orts of the project. The project scanned 225 planning permission drawings between 1864-1939 from the collections of the provincial archives of Mikkeli and forwarded paper copies of them to the Museum of North Ladoga in Sortavala, in addition to electronic copies, to the National Protection Centre for the Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Karelia in Petrozavodsk. The drawings were exhibited in the Museum of North Ladoga and the North Karelia Museum in Joensuu and published in the book Sortavalan arkkitehtuuria 1864–1936 (Architecture in Sortavala 1864- 1936). The books were distributed to media and partners in Finland and Russia as well as to the Nordic planning authorities. The project trained 14 heritage constructors, of which 10 took part in a display examination of the occupational degree and 5 completed the restoration journeymans vocational examination. One of the certified journeymen started a business venture. Seminars related to the upkeep of the building tradition were organised in Sortavala and Joensuu. Inspired by the seminar in Sortavala, the towns residents founded an association to nurture the old and valuable building traditions of Sortavala. The Tacis micro project, Conservation of Wooden Heritage in Sortavala, designed as an affiliate project to the discussed project, failed to obtain financing, and the planned Russian restoration-training did not materialise and it is not possible to claim that the project has actually strengthened the eastern know-how network in the education and business sectors. The concept of restoration training organised by the Finnish in Sortavala has nevertheless not been abandoned.
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