Dossier: Mei Architecten / Gnome parking garage, Almere


The work of Dutch office mei is smart and complex. While their buildings immediately attract attention, they also spring from a deep reflection on programming and identity, urban life and the need of communities

Metaphorical greenery shapes the experimental facade of this garage. A project about public  character for an equipment, architectural joy and hi-tech manufacturing

Calup / DARK MATTERS / a project of urban regeneration through culture

Calup invites you to Caimatei 10 exhibit- party to experience three floors of installations, visual art and party in the darkness, through a game of light and sound. 
 DARK MATTERS is a punctual intervention in Bucharest’s cultural landscape which opens the space of an inaccessible sumptuous villa. 
 Nocturna Collective gathers forces with Calup team for the first reveal of one of Bucharest’s monuments, Caimatei 10 villa, where art will merge with night life

Taking the totalitarian city for a walk


Barcelona’s La Rambla is split in about three places. Half of the medieval centre disappears.
Cerdà’s extension loses, as percent, fewer surfaces, but it’s enough to have no kind of continuity and stop working as an urban system. Right behind this mad axis and the concrete curtains, fragments of blocks from the famous grid or of the historic fabric are left.

Back to chaos


Economy is still in a bad shape, and so is architecture. If that weren’t enough, two recent events leave us with a bitter taste regarding the situation and the perspectives of the Romanian urban realm. First, we have a new and sinister law for urbanism. Taking the problems in the recent law as an argument (well, there certainly were things to improve there), we have now get an official comeback of derrogative planning and speculation cherished by law, as well as a weakened protection of the natural and built heritage. The argument that this will attract investitors is laughable: even more in times of crisis, a serious investor will think twice before committing on the long term in a place where the rules continually change.

New courses RoGBC: “Lighting Design & Smart Building” and “Building Envelopes of Green Buildings”


Romania Green Building Council presents new courses within the “Green Building Professional” Certification & Training program: “Lighting Design & Smart Building” and “Building Envelopes of Green Buildings”
Do you want to be always one step ahead of the competition or to enhance your abilities as a professional working in construction and related industries toward a sustainable built environment? Register now within our Certification & Training program, “Green Building Professional” and be sure not to miss our courses!



The cultural association Spazi Indecisi and the European project Atrium present TOTALLY LOST, a European contest for professional and amateur photographers and video makers.

The purpose of the contest is to discover, survey and photograph the architectural heritage of European totalitarian regimes, specifically architectures that lay now in abandoned state: production sites, municipal buildings, private buildings, political or propaganda places, etc.

Open call: East Centric Architecture Triennale – Trans(ap)parencies 2013


East Centric Architecture Triennale 2013, with the T r a n s ( a p ) p a r e n c i e s theme, is an event dedicated to East and Central European Architecture and critique. The central components of the Triennale are T r a n s ( a p ) p a r e n c i e s (critical demarche), the essay contest (critical discourse) and East Centric Arhitext Awards (practic architectural demarche and discourse). The Triennale is the place to meet, debate and reflect for the practitioners, critics, students and the large public. It is the place where alternative and interdisciplinary architectural practice is explored, where everyone can participate and build that sustainable, common and coherent future that the Triennale envisages.

PHOTO COMPETITION: We have some books for you.


As we don’t have quite so many, we are going to make some distinction, but it’s simple. If you want to be the lucky one, please take a picture from somewhere up, like you were looking from zeppelin, and send it to us at:

CBT Mark 1: Cardboard bike


Izhar Gafni, an Israeli expert in the design of automated mass production lines discovered after years of research an opportunity to increase the structural performance of corrugated banal cardboard (usually used only in packaging) to make bicycles.

The Mission

The mission – is a project initiated by Eurodite and part of the DISC (Dutch Initiative for Sustainable Cities – activities. Together with Emil Boc, the Mayor of Cluj, Vice Mayors in Bucharest, Cluj, Constanta, Timisoara and Head Architects of Cluj and Bucharest, a representative of the port of Constanta, as well as other professionals in the connected ministry, we have been in an intense and dense visit to Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Utrecht. The top Romanian delegation met Vice Mayors and members of other ministries, their peers, and learned about projects already carried out and a way to manage. The mission worked out in these three days the targets of DISC platform, made to provide Dutch support to Romanian cities and their effort to build up initiatives meant to revive urban regions and areas ignored so far.