The project is centered around the ideas of utopian architect Yona Fredman and it aims to unite artists, architects and curators, interested in transformative practice in the public and cultural spaces, for experimenting along with the public new methods of architectural and artistic production in the frame of four workshops that will take place atști space.

Yona Friedman is an exceptional figure that shaped the architectural and urban planning discourse in the second part of the XXth century. He became internationally known at the end of the ‘50s for articulating and emphasizing ideas like the usage of local building materials, simple means and technologies for construction, public participation in urban transformation processes, the importance of mobility, sustainability and many more. Also, he’s had a significant contribution to the cultural field by promoting the democratization of access to culture through new museum models, more permeable, temporary and flexible.

Starting from here, the four workshops will analize and explore such themes and issues which are relevant also for Bucharest’s urban, cultural and social context, like citizen participation in urban planning processes, equitable distribution of resources, democratization of access to culture, alternative cultural institution models, novel ways of display and so on.
The participants – students and young professionals that operate within/through transformation of public and cultural space – will collaborate horizontally with the involved architects, artists and curators, this type of approach resonating with Friedman`s ethos and practice as well.

This project is co-financed by Administrația Fondului Cultural Național. The project does not necessarilly represent the view of Administrația Fondului Cultural Național. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the means in wich the project results can be used. This falls entirelly on the grant benneficiary’s responsability.

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