Territorio Mudéjar returns to CortonaOpen3D

Territorio Mudéjar participates one more year in the workshop of the Polytechnic of Milan and the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera: CortonaOpen3D. This is a course specialising in “SmartCityDesign” (smart city design) in a Cultural Heritage context and will be held from 1 to 10 August in the Italian town of #Cortona (in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany). Due to the health situation, there will be a combination of face-to-face and online training.

The workshop lasts approximately 100 hours divided between classroom lessons, lectures and project workshops in which between 50 and 100 international students participate. In this meeting, the participants develop a SmartCityDesigns project within the city of Cortona.

In this framework, Victoria E. Trasobares Ruiz, director of Territorio Mudéjar, will be one of the invited specialists. Her conference will focus on: “Territorio Mudéjar, a strategic example of heritage management: the project behind the projects”, as an example of innovative management of historical and artistic heritage in rural areas.

The director of Territorio Mudéjar will give this lesson from #Tobed (Zaragoza) through the digital platform set up for the workshop. It will also be the starting point of the many and varied activities to which the internship students of the #ChallengeProgramme 2021, the initiative financed by the Council of Zaragoza and managed through Universa, the Guidance and Employment Service of the University of Zaragoza, will be able to attend.

We are back in the classroom in the Master’s course on cultural heritage management

Last week, the director of Territorio Mudéjar, Victoria Trasobares, taught one of the sessions in the Master’s course on cultural heritage management at University of Zaragoza in in-person mode, discussing how important it is to have a line of research and cataloguing of historical and artistic heritage in order to carry out significant long-term projects that have an impact on the region.

In connection with the anniversary celebrated a few days ago – World Science Day for Peace and Development – we would like to point out that the scientific method is also applied to the humanities and, obviously, to heritage. The scientific method consists in obtaining a set of knowledge through systematically structured observation and reasoning.

At Territorio Mudéjar we are committed to research as a key element and to scientific rigor in our work. Our ongoing efforts have a cross-disciplinary approach involving researchers from diverse fields, and we participate in academic networks and national and international activities such as conferences and workshops, in order to find common ground on important outcomes and conclusions based on scientific evidence, to share good practices, establish new ways of collaborating and researching, and to create synergies.

Getting back into the classroom motivated us to believe that we will soon be able go back to performing activities on-site with students like the one seen here in the photo, taken last year. This activity consisted in applying theoretical contents, using a heritage space as a place of learning.

Thus, Territorio Mudéjar progresses in its project for educating heritage professionals, which we are developing in conjunction with the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports, to define the characteristics required of managers of historical and artistic heritage in rural settings.

Training for developing a line of work on preventive conservation

At Territorio Mudéjar, we have completed the course offered by the Cultural Heritage Institute of Spain (IPCE) entitled “Guía para planes de conservación preventiva” (Guide to preventive conservation plans), which took place over the past four weeks. We started out by identifying and analyzing conservation issues related to cultural assets and ended with the design and implementation of procedures to address these issues. During the course, which seeks to generate standardized working procedures to which quality control rules can be applied, we discussed examples such as the actions underway in Magallón and on the tower in Ricla.

This training activity through the IPCE allows us to develop a line of work at Territorio Mudéjar related to preventive conservation plans.