Totally Lost is a is an open and evolving project: a photographic and video research throughout Europe to discover, survey and map the abandoned architectural heritage of the Totalitarian Regimes of the 20th century in Europe.
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ATRIUM - Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the 20th Century in Europe's Urban Memory
After a start-up project funded under the South East Europe programme, the ATRIUM Route was founded in 2013 and gained recognition from the Council of Europe in 2014. It has its headquarters in Forlì and members in five other countries (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rumania, Bulgaria and Greece). The cities involved all display examples of architecture or urban design deriving from a totalitarian period, often with a strong relation to the regimes. Forlì, Forlimpopoli, Bertinoro, Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole, Predappio, Cesenatico and Tresigallo in Italy all have important buildings or parts of the towns deriving directly from Mussolini’s desire to make a strong impact on the streets of the cities near his birthplace (Predappio). Labin and Rasa in Croatia host important examples of Fascist architecture, as does Thessaloniki in Greece. The county of Iasi in Rumania, Doboj in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Sofia and Dimitrovgrad in Bulgaria have many examples of architecture deriving from the totalitarian regimes of the period of Soviet influence or from the socialist regimes of the Tito’s Yugoslavia.
The European Cultural Route ATRIUM thus promotes an appreciation of the architectural heritage left by these regimes, and the development of a sustainable tourism. Cultural tourism can enhance a full critical historical and aesthetic appreciation of the “dissonant” architectural and urban heritage that these regimes left behind as well as promote the cultural and democratic values at the heart of the European project.