The future of architecture: Cultural organizations
In the conclusions presented after a national statistic study, “the most pressing issue (...) is the existence of a confusion between the status and role of the architect in the contemporary romanian society. This confusion has critical economic and cultural repercussions. We could assume this is either as a defining situation for the building culture or as a representation of the lack of building culture in Romania, in comparison with situations encountered in reference points. This confusion is being sensed by the citizens that, as the study ilustrates, provide the largest number of contracts through comissions. This turmoil afects the public institutions, meaning the context in which the legislative framework is made, how it’s interpreted and applied.”
According to the 148 law, architecture is “a cultural act with public interest”. However… the study quoted above shows that we are rarely included into the cultural scene, and are even less of public interest. And these aren’t only local flaws. The architectural profession is now, more than ever, in a redefining state: from education, to technology, to the types of services that an architect can offer, to how he can financially sustain himself, to his role in society etc.
The purpose of cultural projects that manage to communicate about architecture and the city can be of vital significance when it comes to understanding the purpose of this profession - and this works both towards the inside, as well as to the ones outside of this line of work.
This event aims to select a few events that are reference points in Europe and that manage to promote quality architecture, and to see what their view is on the future of our profession.
Belgrade International Architecture Week
BINA is organized by
authors team and the Association of Belgrade Architects and the Cultural Center
of Belgrade, is held from the 2006. It is conceived as an invitation addressed
to the general public of Serbia to reflect the quality of the built space and,
at the same time, it also presents a stimulus for establishing criteria and
system of values which would contribute to improving future architectural
production. Jelena Ivanović Vojvodić (co-founder, director) will represent BINA.
Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre
KÉK is an independent architectural cultural centre operated by young Hungarian architects, artists and civilians. The centre aims to open new perspectives in architectural and urban thinking in Hungary through its fresh, provoking and focused programs, relevant also in international context. KÉK will be represented by Daniella Huszár (cultural manager).
ONE ARCHITECTURE WEEK
ONE ARCHITECTURE WEEK
strives to raise the level of awareness about urbanity, at stimulating an
active and responsible behaviour towards the city, as well as at initiating
actions for a positive and visible improvement of the quality of architecture
and urban planning of Bulgarian cities. ONE ARCHITECTURE WEEK will be respresented by: Ljubo Georgiev (director 2008-2016) and Ina Valkanova (director as of 2016).
reSITE is dedicated to understanding the intersection of design, policy,
culture and economy in a continually urbanizing world. Its members know that in order to build a flexible city they need
solutions from all sectors that can create positive economic, social
and environmental impact. It was founded in 2011 as a non-profit organization based in Prague and will be represented by Osamu Okamura (program director).