The main autumn event of the DANUrB project, which took place from the 15th to 17th October 2017, was framed by the picturesque landscape of the small town Golubac in Serbia. Located on the right bank of the Danube, where the river seems almost to be standing still at its widest span of 6 km, Golubac offers ever changing vistas on the background of Romanian hillsides. More than fifty representatives of the project partners and associated strategic partners gathered to jointly proceed with tasks in the second period of the DANUrB project.
In parallel, groups of students from the University Belgrade, University Novi Sad, Budapest University of Technology and Economics and University Ion Mincu Bucharest focused on evaluation and design of open public spaces of Golubac with the intention to make them more attractive for pedestrian use by local community. The 3-day event was organised by University of Belgrade in close cooperation with the Tourism organization of Golubac, the representative organisation of the Municipality of Golubac as an associated strategic partner.
Sunday, 15th October 2017, was intended to provide the needed input and impression of the significant landscape, culture and touristic destination of the Đerdap (Iron Gate) gorge. The first day’s programme was structured as a continuous excursion. Starting by bus, the commented tour took the international group through a series of significant viewpoints (Golubac Fortress, Veliki Kazan and Mali Kazan) from above the river. In Tekija, the transportation means was changed to a boat, offering vistas from just above the water surface to the encompassing landscape of the Đerdap national park with a number of man-made cultural monuments (the Rock Sculpture of Decebalus on the Romanian side, and the Tabula Traianea on the Serbian side). After the boat round trip, the museum of Đerdap national park in Donji Milanovac and Lepenski Vir were visited. Back in Golubac, in the evening, the opening ceremony of the best photo for a new Golubac postcard exhibition took place.
On Monday, the 16th October 2017, the partners’ workshop was opended by many representatives. The morning presentations and discussions were dedicated to local cultural heritage and future potentials for their better valorisation. The students’ workshop started by the day walking tour in Golubac and individual survey of its central part and continued in the afternoon with mapping and discussing the network of pedestrian spaces.
The Partners’ workshop continued on the 17th October 2017 with local presentations on the topic of Serbian tourism strategies and invited guest lecturers. The afternoon session was devoted to GIS Platform and spatial concepts, as well as to division of responsibilities and tasks of the project partners.
Meanwhile, the students’ workshop continued in Golubac by finalizing the public space design propositions wrapped by the public presentations of impressive students’ workshop results.