3rd International Conference of Industrial Heritage in Rijeka

As the biggest Mediterranean gulf, the Adriatic at this point cuts deeply into the European continent, providing Rijeka with the opportunity to take over the role of a key point on the shortest traffic route between the Central European and the Mediterranean area. At the beginning of the 18th century, the Carolina Road was built through the neighboring Gorski kotar mountainous area, connecting Karlovac with Rijeka. On the same route the Louisa Road was built at the beginning of the 19th century. The railway road Budapest-Rijeka started operating in 1873 and contributed to the establishment of a direct link between Rijeka and the Danube hinterland. In the same year Rijeka was connected by railway with Trieste, Ljubljana and Vienna, which opened the doors to the West European areas. In parallel to this process, Rijeka was gaining on importance as a port for handling goods from the Continent towards the Outer World. Since 1979 the Adriatic Pipeline is built, and its Terminal in Omisalj on the Island of Krk gains on importance in the total cargo turnover of the Port of Rijeka. At approximately the same time, the Airport Rijeka started functioning on the Island of Krk. The beginning of this century is marked by the construction of the Rijeka-Zagreh High Way, with its continuation towards the Hungarian border. Thinking of projects that wanted to link the Kupa river valley with the port of Bakar, close to Rijeka; and that plans were made for the construction of a low lands railway which would open new traffic horizons for Rijeka and connect it with Central Europe, it becomes clear that the story about Rijeka as a crossroad of trading routs doesn't stop writing further significant pages. The topics from history mentioned at the Rijeka Conference should also point to their actual dimension. This is just another confirmation that the importance of the Rijeka technical heritage does not fade out with time. General topics on the Protection of Industrial Heritage The conscience on the importance of industrial heritage gains on its significance worldwide. The reason for this may partly lie in the fact that the industrial civilization in the shape as we used to know it until recently, is slowly hut definitely vanishing, becoming part of past times. Paying the price of the technological revolution goes in parallel with strengthening of our conscious about how important it is to keep significant buildings, engines and documentation of something which yesterday represented the top technological achievement of its time, as valuable evidence of the past. Such evidence reveals a lot about itself, and even much more about ourselves, whose lives were influenced by it.

Rijeka is the place to talk about it. As the place of strong historical appearance of technical conscience, Rijeka encourages through its own industrial heritage. It attracts attention of the public to itself, but also it points to establishing relations with analogue appearances in wider surroundings, inviting to the exchange of information about experiences related to industrial heritage in other places. You might find in this point something which a technical mind would call the principle of communicating vessels. Two international conferences on the industrial heritage, held in Rijeka in 2003 and 2005, gave their contribution to the spreading of a global consensus on how right it is to give more and more importance to research and activities related to the protection of industrial heritage. This 3rd international Conference in Rijeka intends to stick to this direction. (Text taken from the official catalogue of the 3rd International Conference on Industrial Heritage)

Duration: 12 – 13 October

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