House with a view. Attila Kim: Recovering the memory of an old house

A nice house. An accident and a loss. An interrupted reconstruction. A new house with the memories of the old one

Text: Attila Kim
Photo: Dacian Groza, Kinga Tomos, Attila Kim

Edito: Why We Need Architecture Competitions. Even those of us not participating

Text: Ştefan Ghenciulescu

This is a serious and old problem and one ware have discussed on may occasions. But this particular text was triggered by two events.

Firstly, it just happened that, without noticing it until quite recently, a lot of materials in this issue , in some way relate to the topic of competitions. There are direct articles on competitions—“Prototype for Community” or the European stage of LafargeHolcim Awards, but also indirect ones, presenting good works, resulted from winning a competition.

Ideas for accessible living. The “Prototype for Community” Student Competition

In Romania, a lot of medium and low budget houses are built. However, few of them enjoy architecture, in the true sense of the word. This competition was initiated by Zeppelin and Holcim precisely to show that good houses can also be designed starting from reasonable budgets. Quality is not only about square metres, but also about how one uses them for efficient and good spaces, about how free commodities, such as light and air, are organized, and about distilling poetry from sometimes tiny resources.

ZAATARI. The City of Refugees

Text, photo: Mugur Grosu

On the TV screen on top of a beat‑up metallic oven, a shamelessly familiar image from the civilised world: British adventurer Bear Grylls showcases one of his famous essential techniques of survival in the wild. I have no clue what he’s talking about, as the sound is cut off and the subtitle is in Arabic. Nobody in the room is truly interested, the image is left to flow on the screen as a background, as a sort of modern wall carpet of the Western mirage instead of the old style Oriental scenery.

Stories from Bucharest-South #4: Berceni

Text: Mihai Duțescu
Photo: Andrei Mărgulescu

As I know two absolutely OK and smart people who worked for some years at the Al. Obregia Clinical Psychiatric Hospital – the renowned “loony bin” in Berceni – two doctors, a psychiatrist and a neurologist, and as both have agreed to talk to me, I have done this double interview with them. It is primarily about the hospital, which is one of the landmarks of Berceni, but also about life in the neighborhood in general, about how all these things are seen from a rushing subway train, between two shifts.

An Unsettled Battlefield. Public art and the „Expanded Space” programme

Text: Judit Balko
Foto: Mihai Balko, Tiberiu Mihail Cimpoeru, Radu Boeru, Gabriel Boldiș

The term of public art, as it has been developing in the Western world since the 60s, is an umbrella term covering varied artistic approaches, ranging from actions of a permanent character to ephemeral ones, from statuary sculpture to performance, or actions featuring sound and participatory projects focused on developing a collaborative relation between the members of a group or a community.

The Entrepreneurs Café

Friday October 20th, 20:00 – 01:00 – Opening party and guided tours through the new materials library MATER. DJ Party with Vinyl, Rum, Tapas & Wine (free entrance)

 Saturday October 21st, 11:00 – 20:00 – The Entrepreneurs Cafe

@ MATER Library space – Splaiul Unirii 160, Industria Bumbacului complex, Bucharest (free entrance)

+ Food trucks, drinks and a lot of coffee

Roşia Montană, Again. About acting there.

Text: Ștefan Ghenciulescu
Photo: A.R.A. – Arhitectură. Restaurare. Arheologie, Vlad Petri, Cătălin Georgescu, Ștefan Bâlici

There’s a rage now, as our governing bodies give increasingly more numerous and learer signals that there’s a wish to resume, in one form or another, the ecologically, socially and architectural disastrous mining project in Roșia Montană. And some others, less talked about. We revolt (rather passively and in small num­bers, it’s true), but we are responsible, also.

PUCK – Fika Talks 2: Power through design, with Torsten Hild & Birgitta Notlöf

September 28, 18:30 – 21:30 @ Sala Dalles – Bd. Nicolae Bălcescu 18, Bucharest

The second series of Fika Talks* brings us face to face with Swedish design, with the help of our guests Torsten Hild and Birgitta Notlöf. A meeting with two of the most representative practices for today’s democracy through design and education, through sustainability and responsibility.

PUCK workshop – new adventures. Pop-up creative kit for kids and parents

September 23 & 24 @ Casa AIA – Str. Institutul Medico Militar nr 22, București

creative upcycling workshop & reverse design

For the kids, we have a model workshop with and about the streets and public spaces of the future. The patterns that children will invent and assemble will spark their imagination with questions about how the world we know today will look like over 50 years

PUCK – pop up creative kit / Creative Sweden #4

Opening: September 12, 2017, 18:30h @ MNAC – Dalles Hall – Bd. Nicolae Balcescu nr.18, Bucharest

JAN RYDEN (Sweden) / The Right to the City/ lecture and intervention
ZEPPELIN / urban object DNA extract
TRSC / sofica
MODULAB / robot draws

Which is the most beautiful city in your world?

MortAlive Project. Bringing Ice Stupas from the Himalayas into the Swiss Alps

Place: Oberengadin/Graubünden/Switzerland
Interview: Ovidiu Serghe

Water management through architecture: in this exciting low-tech, high innovation project, India’s region of Ladakh and Switzerland’s Obergadin learn from each other how to answer the questions of freshwater availability on dry lands and of the rapid shrinkage of mountain glaciers.