"Imagine a house the way you want it to be", this was the assignment of the Dumbrava Vlăsiei architecture competition, in which we were invited to participate, and where the single constraints were the local urban regulations and a budget limit. For an architect, this can be the kind of moment which he dreams of, but when it eventually appears, he realizes that the inexistence of normal architectural impositions can be a deceptive trap. The lack of spatial, morphological, historical or cultural landmarks that characterizes interventions in a completely new neighborhood, at the zero points of its becoming, is sometimes a more important obstacle than it may seem in starting and developing the creative process inherent to architecture. Consequently, the lack of limits generates self-censorship, the conscious development of a personal set of values.
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