Workshops

After the interdisciplinary student workshop entitled (Un)mapping Diocletian’s Palace: Research Methods in the Understanding of the Experience and Importance of Place (May 2015), members of the project developed a second workshop for students on the theme of Hypermapping Diocletian’s Palace: A City in Books. This workshop included students from the University of Zagreb (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Comparative Literature), and two groups from the University of Split: Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy – Study of Architecture; and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Sociology, and was held in Split from April 26 to April 28, 2016.

Through an analysis of historical records, the three-day workshop investigated the ways in which the Croatian shores of the Adriatic had been notated in the influential accounts of Robert Adam and Thomas Graham Jackson. It also encouraged students to consider the physical and intangible traces that space might retain over the course of time, as constitutive of the Palace’s unique ‘identity code’.

A workshop entitled Dalmatia in Zagreb, Dalmatia and Italy: eighteenth and nineteenth-century drawings, prints and paintings of monuments and landscapes in the collections of Zagreb galleries and museums, led by Irena Kraševac, was held for doctoral students from the Institute of Art History and students at the Department of Art History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (20-22 April, 2016), on materials held in the collections of Zagreb galleries and museums.

Finally, the fourth, 11-day summer workshop held in Split in June 2016, entitled Living Monument / Mat-Organization and Diocletian’s Palace / Research based on ‘What if’ extreme scenarios, sought to investigate Diocletian’s Palace as a living monument. The results of the previous three workshops were used as a starting point for this one. The workshop participants were architecture students studying at the University of Split, and they were supervised by an international team of researchers was led by Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic from the Cornell University, U.S. By researching the urban attributes of the Palace as systems of mat-organization, the workshop tended to identify and experience the Palace as highly complex spatial conglomeration. The investigation provided a conceptual framework for design speculations addressing contemporary issues of tourism, conservation, and modernization within the city.

The workshops included more than a hundred participants, and a book about workshops could be found here.