Chances for Design. With Norbert Petrovici on intermediate and finished goods, local starts-ups, spatial (im)balance

Interview: Ștefan Ghenciulescu Photography in the factories: Marius Vasile Introduction. Three discussions about design, industry, and strategies

5 x 2. TRSA HOUSE, Mogoșoaia

The house in Mogoșoaia lies is in an average-density, mainly residential area, with low-rise individual houses. The rectangular plot, its short sides to the north and south, is situated between the Mogoșoaia forest and lake, neighbouring the sports complex of the same name.

A Home and a Family. Adolf Loos, Villa Winternitz, Prague

A Jewish family in ’30s Prague. A great architect. A historical tragedy. Then another one. An adventure-book discovery. A retrieval and a rebuilding with one’s own hands. Today, a living house.

BIG Architecture Ljubljana Festival 2024

The biggest architectural event of the year in South-East Europe is coming up.

A portrait of the architects as young people .Maria and Ștefan Cocioabă: Hipodrom neighborhood in Brăila (1965-1969)

Text: Cristian Bădescu, Vlad Dumitrescu Foto: Vlad Dumitrescu, Marius Vasile, Cristian Bădescu, arhiva fam. Cocioabă

Romania’s de-cityfication. Vasile Ernu in dialogue with sociologists Norbert Petrovici and Florin Poenaru

De-cityfication: the reality of expanding urban characteristics outside cities, paradoxically leading to un-city-like forms of urbanism.

How to build from scraps. Baubüro in situ: Extending the Cycle

The extension of an industrial building in the Swiss city of Winterthur. „Extending the Cycle” project received the Global and the European Prize at the 2021 Holcim Awards – the main global competition for sustainable design.

Reviving the Modernist Housing Block. Kati Salonen & Mona Schalin Architects: Restoration of the Serpentine House, Helsinki

The Serpentine House (Finnish: Käärmetalo) is one of the best-known residential developments in post-war Helsinki – among other merits, it has been listed by DOCOMOMO as a significant example of modern architecture in Finland.

Brick social housing insulated with seaweed. 08014 arquitectura: 24 apartments in Ibiza

Brick social housing insulated with seaweed. 08014 arquitectura: 24 apartments in Ibiza

Seaweed on the roof, and bricks filled-in with earth from the building site excavation. This small and compact dwelling block happily blends timeless rationalism and regionalism, climate- and social appropriate thinking and smart inventions. A model.

The Open City. A Conversation with Doina Petrescu

Doina Petrescu teaches Architecture and Design Activism at the University of Sheffield and, together with Constantin Petcou, founded Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée, a platform-association intersecting architecture, participative urban planning, activism, acting as a device for addressing societal issues through the participative activation of unused spaces.

Group, guild, collective. The ‘woman architect’ in the communist regime

At least three of the words I used in the title raise questions beyond the aesthetic register. First, ‘guild’. The idea of belonging to a ‘professional group with common interests’ (a possible definition of the guild) contains a cultural anachronism

Wim Wender & The Tokyo Toilet. Kashiwa Sato, Yoshihiro Saito: Landmark Toilet, Ebisu Station, Tokyo

The newest Wim Wenders movie, Perfect Days, which was filmed in Shibuya, Tokyo, was inspired by a  network of famous designers and architects who designed nothing else but 17 toilets for one of the most populated cities of the world.

Complexity and Care. The Amal Amjahid Centre, Molenbeek‑Saint‑Jean

Late December on a canal embankment, in a rarely praised neighbourhood. The complex, named after an exceptional Brussels-born sportswoman, does not shout its presence. However, upon entering, I have found a magical and complex world, welcoming athletes, toddlers, teenagers or simply neighbours who use its gallery as a shortcut.

Nominated for the EU Mies Award: „The Nursery. 1306 plants for Timisoara”

In 2023, Timisoara was European Capital of Culture. The program was based on several components, one of which was the section Places relating to the city’s spaces – old and new, to urban regeneration and discussions about the city’s future.

Zeppelin magazine #171: ”Transylvania. Living History & New Architectures”

Zeppelin magazine #171: ”Transylvania. Living History & New Architectures”

Edito: Mies, Corbu, Mosquitoes Text, photo: Ștefan Ghenciulescu DOSSIER: Transylvania Coordinators: Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Cătălina Frâncu

Edito: Mies, Corbu, Mosquitoes

Mosquito nets reduce natural lighting, transparency and ventilation, and thicken the window frames. But we need them, like many other things that spoil design