The Routes4U teams organised several meetings with the EUSBSR Policy area Culture and Tourism stakeholders in order to investigate new Cultural Routes certifications and further extensions of existing ones. The first meeting in Oslo in September 2018 triggered the willing to develop a Cultural Route based on the modern architect Alvar Aalto and Modern Architecture in the Baltic Sea Region. In the same way, a second meeting in March 2019 in Helsinki drawn the priorities for a second certification of a new Cultural Route: the Maritime and Ice Age Heritage Route.

The Routes4U team published the Roadmap for the Baltic Sea Region (February 2019) to share its analyses of the Region and of the steps to take to develop and certify the Alvar Aalto Route. On the other way, an independent specialist will be hired to conduct a study on the Ice Age Route to launch its certification process.

Modern Architecture/ Alvar Aalto Route

The Finnish Alvar Aalto Route was created by the Alvar Aalto Foundation in the Spring of 2018. The Route reflects the life and work of the Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). It follows his footsteps, from classicism to modernism, and from brick architecture to monumentalism, and offers insight into the cityscape and architecture of Jyväskylä.

The current project is consisting in an expansion of the Route to other countries of the Baltic Sea Region and its certification as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.


Routes4U Recommendations

Following the September 2018 Routes4U meeting for the Baltic Sea Region and the Consultation on Cultural Routes in the Baltic Sea Region in March 2019, a set of recommendations were made regarding the current situation of the network:

  • The Alvar Aalto Route will need to identify members from at least three different European countries and establish a legal network in view of certification. The network should identify and implement activities according to the main fields of action of Resolution CM/Res(2013)67.1.
  • A research network should be initiated within the framework of the Baltic Region Heritage Committee in order to study potential partners and preliminary research and discussion on those values that are representative and common to the Baltic Sea Region.
  • The Alvar Aalto Foundation should prepare the certification in a way that it becomes an “opener” theme, to allow for the further elaboration of other themes on the topic of modern architecture that represents the Baltic Sea region as a whole.
  • Routes4U will assist in the preparation of a certification of a Cultural Route that is representative of the Baltic Sea Region and in this regard, will advise the Alvar Aalto Route how a cluster could be created at a later stage to link different routes on the modern architecture in the Baltic Sea Region.

Maritime heritage/Ice Age

Ice Age Route or Maritime Heritage Route do not exist so far. However they are interesting themes that should be further studied and developed in a certification aim to increase the cultural routes’ offer related to prehistorical theme.

The lack of such an offer was presented in the Routes4U’s Roadmap for the Baltic Sea Region, therefore the proposition of a Maritime and Ice Age Heritage Route was presented during the consultation of March 2019.

Through this Cultural Route, travellers will discover the trace of first prehistoric inhabitants of the Baltic Sea Region when the area was not covered by the sea yet and learn more about their life and what remains from their age in archaeological sites and museum.


Routes4U Recommendations

Following the Consultation on Cultural Routes in the Baltic Sea Region in March 2019, Routes4U has drawn recommendations regarding the elaboration of this Cultural Route:.

  • A general survey should be pursued within the Baltic Sea Region to detect potential members in all countries of such a route.
  • Routes4U will launch a study on the tangible and intangible elements of Ice age in the Baltic Sea Region should be further analyzed.
  • Current and previous studies on the theme should be taken into consideration when further developing the cultural route.
  • The current efforts for the creation of an Ice Age Route in Denmark should take into consideration the later development into a transnational network, more specific as a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.
  • The manager of the Vikings Route will provide assistance in the further development and with a view to future joint activities.

Next steps

June 2019

  • A training-session on the certification and management in the framework of the training academy in Visby

July 2019

  • The certification dossier of Alvar Aalto Route will be prepared in the framework of a consultation in Luxembourg
  • Launch of a study to identify heritage elements and potential partners for Maritime Heritage/Ice Age Route

October 2019

  • Stakeholders meeting for all macro regional priorities regarding to new Cultural Routes

December 2019

  • Inventory on tangible and intangible heritage of Maritime heritage/Ice Age

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