Zeppelin Festival: Architecture, City, Resources

City. Money. Architecture.
A super-debate in which you are invited to participate

National Museum of Contemporary Art
Friday, December 16th, 9:30–14:00.
The conference is in English. Free entrance.

How can our cities become more attractive, both for their inhabitants and for investment? By whom and how could new projects be implemented, partnerships being created, how could funds for all of this be attracted? The debate brings together professionals from different disciplnes, from Romania, The Netherlands and Germany: architects, urban planners, economy and finance experts will explore possibilities and scenarios for new urban projects and business solutions.

Project presentations and discussions:

  • Gheorghe Patrascu, Chief – Architect of the City of Bucharest
  • Serban Tiganas, President of the Romanian Chamber of Architects
  • Anca Ginavar, General Director for Territorial Development , Ministry for Regional Development and Tourism
  • Piet Van Ruler, Senior Partner Urban Development , TWYNSTRA GUDDE, THE NETHERLANDS
  • Liviu Ianasi, “Ion Mincu ” Uni versit y of Architecture and Urbanism
  • Damo Holt, Director of the Consultanc y Depart ment , ECORYS RESEARCH & CONSULTING, THE NETHERLANDS
  • Eugen Panescu, PARTNER, PLANWERK, CLUJ




National Museum of Contemporary Art / Friday, December 16th, 9:30–14:00
Zeppelin Festival / City Money Architecture / Special guests:


Serban Tiganas
He graduated The Institute of Architecture Ion Mincu (now UAUIM) in Bucharest in 1988. He worked in several design studios in Alba Iulia, Brasov and Cluj, making architecture projects in over 30 romanian cities. Founder of Planwerk architecture office, partner in Dico si Tiganas company, lector at the Technical University in Cluj–Napoca and Chairman of the Architects Chamber of Romania (O.A.R.). “The city is too complex to be managed as it happens now, without succes and, I’d say, without hope in Romania. Both legislation and practice prove that something else is needed. To talk about economy ignoring architecture, or talk about architecture besides dealing with economic mechanisms it is possible, but incomplete and perhaps even counterproductive. That’s why the city money and architecture are inseparable and I hope this conference will demonstrate this again and to base future approaches.”

Gheorghe Patrascu
He graduated University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu (UAUIM) in Bucharest in 1976. Now he is the Chief Architect of Bucharest. He’s also a board member of O.A.R. – Bucharest. He made about 35 plans for romanian and international major buildings. Gheorghe Patrascu is the author of “Architecture and the folk techniques “ (1984, won the Union of Architects of Romania Award) and the coordinator of a “Guide of revaluation of the rural heritage”. His inspiring master in architecture is Horia Creanga: “The simplicity is the hardest thing to understand. The result, the chasm which in most situations exists between the artist’s taste and the taste of the holder of the capital is filled with a deplorable compromise. Our modern architecture derives from the general needs of our time, not from the pleasure of imitation”.

Sorina Racoviceanu
Architect and urban planner at the UAUIM in Bucharest; MA in urban management at the Rotterdam Urban Management Centre; PhD in urban planning at the UAUIM, Bucharest; worked first in the field of elaborating urban planning documents and research studies. Starting with 1997 joined IHS Romania, and today she is the scientific director of the company. The last 8 years she was involved in coordinating international projects, consultancy work, research and education. In the field of consultancy and research, the topics approached belong to the area of urban development management, and concern mainly strategic planning, local economic development, city marketing, inner-city revitalisation.

Liviu Ianasi
Lecturer, Department of Urban and Territorial Planning, UAUIM, Bucharest. PhD stage at UAUIM, Bucharest; graduate – architecture and planning, UAUIM; Education Programs – Harvard University, Cambridge; IHS Rotterdam. Member of the National Commission of Historic Monuments – Urban Planning Section, Professional Association of Romanian Urban Planners (secretary), and American Planners Association. Coordinator of  Bucharest Strategic Concept; Consultancy in Romania in EU, USAID, Phare programs (2011); George Soros Public Administration Board (1999-2009); International Consultancy on Planning, Public Administration in: Hungary, Poland, Montenegro, Croatia, Moldova, Georgia (1992-1998); Urban Planning Director, Ministry of PublicWorks (1991-1998).

Eugen Panescu
Architect and City planner in Cluj, Romania. Current guest teacher for urban design projects at the Architecture Faculty, Technical University Cluj. Romanian delegate in the Architects Council of Europe – Urban Issues Working Group. Invited member for preparation of Cluj as future candidate for European Cultural Capital. Main activity as independent plannner and architect as principal in co-founded office Planwerk. Most clients are public authorities such as cities in Transilvania, for whom Planwerk in the last 10 years generated city-scale masteplans, urban development concepts, public space strategies and implements projects for reabilitation of public space. Interdisciplinary team aproach together with sociology, economy, anthropology, history, environment and traffic specialists.

Anca Ginavar
Anca Ginavar is a romanian architect, certified urban and regional planner. Currently she is the General Director of the Territorial Development General Directorate, within the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism and also a lecturer within the UAUIM Bucharest. She is a  certified trainer for public administration with 10 years of experience in teaching and training in fields such as urban policies, good governance, strategic planning, citizen participation, urban regeneration . Anca Ginavar is representing Romania in several task forces as EU level; she is vice chair of the Committee of Senior Officials of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial / Regional Planning (CEMAT); she is also the Head of the national authority, monitoring committee member  for ESPON 2013 Programme.

Kai Voeckler
Kai Voeckler is an urbanist and publicist in Berlin. He has published widely on urban topics, has been guest curator at European cultural institutions over the past several years, and worked on projects with architects and urban planners. Vöckler is co-founder and programme director of Archis Interventions, an international non-governmental organisation that has worked together with local initiatives since 2005 to solve urban development problems. He is professor at the University of Art and Design Offenbach, Germany. He recently published his book on Prishtina after the war: »Prishtina is Everywhere. Turbo Urbanism: the Aftermath of a Crisis«, Amster¬dam: Archis Publishers, 2008. (www.kai.voeckler.de / www.seenetwork.org)

Ole Bouman
Ole Bouman has been director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) since April 2007. He has curated a series of public events for the reconstruction of the public domain in cities that have been hit by disasters, such as Ramallah, Mexico City, Beirut and Prishtina. Bouman has been lecturing Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. He is (co-)author of a.o. the encyclopedia The Invisible in Architecture (1994) and Al Manakh (2007). As well as the manifestos RealSpace in QuickTimes (1996) and De Strijd om Tijd (2003). He has curated exhibitions for the Milan Triennale, Manifesta 3 and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum. He has been guest editor-in-chief for A+D (India) and editorial consultant for Urban China. Bouman regularly lectures at internationally acclaimed universities and cultural institutions.

Joep de Roo
Joep de Roo has been active in Romania since 2007 when he was project manager for the social-economic development strategy for the city of Iasi. Being convinced by the development potential of Romanian cities and regions in the new European context, in 2008 he started the Dutch-Romanian company Eurodite which is specialised in strategies, project/process management, funding and communication in the field of urban and regional development. Joep has a broad network in Romania and Europe. Joep’s strong points are his capacity to keep overview in complex matters, to think and act between and beyond authority levels and his action-driven approach. He has developed and managed projects and programmes from local to international scale with a wide range of different interests.

Ellen van der Lei – EIB
Ellen van der Lei, graduated in Economic Geography from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Part of her studies were taken in Canada and Hungary. Since 2001 she has worked as a consultant on public private partnerships in urban regeneration and as financial manager of such PPPs in The Netherlands. She has joined the European Investment Bank in 2010 as an Urban Development Fund Specialist and is active in the EU27 countries. In this respect she has been leading a study for potential use of financial instruments (JESSICA) in  the metropolitan region of Brasov Romania.


Damo Holt
Damo Holt is an international urban development and real estate consultant, working with both public and private sector throughout Central, Eastern and Western Europe in both local area development projects, national policy initiatives as well as EU-wide urban support programmes (including Structural Funds and the JESSICA-initiative). He specialises in market feasibility, urban economics and financial engineering and combines this with his process management experience.


Piet van Ruler
Ir. P.J. (Piet) of Ruler is urban planner by profession. He was working for the municipality of Rotterdam for 16 years. Since 1996 he is working on spatial projects at the consultancy firm Twynstra Gudde. It is his strength to manage projects in different phases; projects in an early (conceptual) phase with a complex content and multitude of interests, as well as projects in the phase of plan making or implementation. He knows how to bring parties together and to achieve results that matter and that contribute to the spatial quality of the Netherlands. His presentation will describe Public-Private-Partnership projects in the Netherlands and the turn in thinking that takes place in these projects.