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Course on technological innovation in the reuse of historic buildings

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The Erasmus+ Smart Rehabilitation 3.0 project organized, between 6 and 10 June 2022, a training course in technological innovation in the reuse of historic buildings. The Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus assumed the organization, focused on defining the topics to be considered in the formation of future Building Rehabilitation Experts (BRE). More than 30 Cypriot, Spanish, Italian and Lithuanian experts and professionals participated, representing the various members of the Project. The course, with an eminently practical approach, sought a balance between case presentations and technical visits to experiences of reused historic buildings in Cyprus, to give them new uses, preserving their heritage and bioclimatic values, all complemented with the necessary theoretical reflections and debates among the participants.

During the first day, they could see in detail the facilities of the University of Cyprus and its laboratories focused on the experimentation of traditional and innovative materials applicable to the rehabilitation of buildings. A full day was dedicated to discovering various buildings that have been the object of intervention in the historic center of the city of Nicosia for various uses (museum, office, cultural center, etc.) and another day visiting buildings in Limasol, among which stand out the new facilities of the University in historical buildings. Another interesting day allowed to know the rehabilitation of small villages in the mountain area such as Fikardou and Lazania. The last day was devoted to an experience at the neighbourhood level, in Kaimakli, where we had the opportunity to discuss with those responsible for the actions. Project partners had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences, and discuss how to develop methodologies and training tools for future Building Rehabilitation Experts, which are being developed at a European level. The course closed with an interesting debate to determine the main knowledge and skills that these experts should have, in aspects related to housing rehabilitation, in order to improve their habitability and use, from a broad perspective for the different european countries.