Friday, May 14, from 17.00h
Cluj - Cinema Victoria - Bulevardul Eroilor
Speaker: Constantin Goagea
Scenarios for socialist collective housing estates in Bucharest.
it comes to contemporary urban development Eastern European countries
lend themselves to be regarded as a testing ground: their striving to
catch up with Western Europe is matched by rapid, often brutal changes.
This project takes Bucharest as a sample city to analyse the evolution
socialist collective housing estates underwent during the past twenty
years. It explores ideas, articulates principles and brings forth case
studies to help model a strategy for the urban rehabilitation of such
areas. It speaks of the frantic individualism that replaced the imposed
collectivism of yesteryears, of the public - private interplay, of
social and economic mechanisms, of architecture and (above all) public
space. Our project suggests an alternative approach, based on community
activation, minimal resources, and on a „positive
takeover” of current tendencies.