In Eastern Europe the assimilation of modernism proved a rather divergent process, correlated with tumultuous and contradictory socio-political events. The urban space suffered successive destructuring, caused by massive industrial insertions with direct impact at urban and demographic level.
Thus the Romanian Pavilion’s exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale, Site Under Construction will bring industrial architecture as generator of modernity into discussion. It suggests creating an initiatory journey from inter-war and socialist industrialization to post-industrial urban voids. Glory and void, past and present are mirrored and laid out to be contemplated, to raise awareness and be re-approached. Once industrial sites were closed down, the remaining locations became modern urban ruins, devoid of content, bare of utility, leaving behind an outer landscape, shattering and desolate.
Architects: Igloo Architecture
Location: Corbeanca, Romania
Design Team: Bruno Andreşoiu, Ana Dinuţă, Catrinel Negru, Mircea Stroescu, Dana Tigan
Structural Engineering: Paul Sandu, Florentina Sandu
Installations: George Cristescu, Emanuel Mihai
Area: 550.0 sqm
Photographs: Andrei Creangă
The Innovative Prototyping @ Dynamic Fields – Responsive Architecture Workshop, which took place in Bucharest, Romania July 16-29, resulted in five innovative prototypes. The workshop was benefited by the presence of Patrik Schumacher, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, founder of AA Design Research Lab London and one of the most important figures in the world of computational design. The workshop’s purpose was the understanding of how the advancement of digital technology is helping architects respond to the complexity of the environment surrounding them. The five prototypes (Turbillon, Interactive Field, Dynamic Muqarnas, Project 86 and Wind Mapper) are to be exposed in the near future at different fairs or events. More images and information after the break.
Dedicated to football and designed by Proiect Bucuresti, the new 40,000-seat Craiova stadium will replace the existing “Ion Oblemenco” stadium on the site in Romania. As a tribute to the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, the form of the main roof lines were inspired by his work entitled “Miss Pogany”. The external volume obtained is expressive in daylight and the enhancement of architectural lighting at night will emphasize the building when viewed from the center of the town. The building will be iconic in the city and will be, along with other components of the sports complex, a modern insertion that will boost the development of the local area. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Bureau XII, 100P
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Architect In Charge: Peter Torniov, Stefan Petkov, Letitia Barbuica
Collaborator: Milena Filcheva, Delcho Delchev, Svetlana Bakalova, Andrei Munteanu, Alexandru popescu, MIlena Terzieva, Angel Savlakov, Ivo Andreev, Ivan Dragoshinski, Ciresica Micu
Structural Engineering: Z-Group, Maslaev consulting
Mechanical Engineering: Leopold Jordan
Area: 27000.0 sqm
Photographs: Andrei Margulescu, Mihail Novakov
Taking place July 16-29, the two week ‘Dynamic Fields’ workshop consists of analyzing and creating structures responsive to environmental energy. Presented by Parametrica, the last day of project is dedicated to Patrik Schumacher, director at Zaha Hadid Architects and founder of AA Design Reseach Lab London. Schumacher will present a lecture on Parametric Semiology (Architecture as interface of communication) as intelligent structures and parametric architecture are the primary topics up for discussion for the whole event. Students or graduates, architects, interior designers, product designers, urbanism designers, engineers and all others who wish to partake in experimenting what the parametric design of such structures is in practice are expected to join both in the workshop and the conference. More information after the break.