URBAN REPORT

constantin goagea

The aim of the project is to explore and predict the urban architectural impact due to political, economic and social changes taking place after 1989 (the fall of communist regimes in the area). The common aspects for those countries are: a rapid withdrawal of political control in the management of urban development, the explosion of private initiatives, urban and architectural spontaneity based on informal development and the dissolution of communities, and on the other hand, unexpected energies and potential, an enthusiasm for the free market, access to resources and information, free movement.

Given this context, will the overlap of those elements with the information age lead to a new social and cultural identity to go beyond borders or will it merge in a non-differentiated global pattern?
In the information age will South-East Europe turn into a suburb connected to second-life types of networks and producing parallel economies, or will it go toward a new type of critical, self-organised societies, a lot more flexible and willing to cooperate with similar entities for the wealth of its members?

Urban Report Outlines

Ivan Kucina

These three volumes of Urban Report are collective effort to capture the almost impossible: the common trends behind and beneath the richness and diversity of concurrent urban transformations in the South East Europe. In its way, it is a local, but also truly global, cross-cultural attempt to deal with the complexity of emerging urbanity that is following economical and political changes in transitional states.

However, these volumes are more than a publication. They are part of the process envisioned by the group of architects from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary that reaches toward a new mode of professional collaboration, which, in turn, promotes the strengthening of the capacity to deal with the uncertain urban development in the region and the confidence for interacting with the professionals from European Union and worldwide who are trying to implement their building standards on the developing territories.

In this process, the primary building blocks are researches on the conditions, projects and practices that have been realized during the last decade in these four countries that are undergoing unequal but commonly unpredictable transition.

In order to ensure compatibility, the outlines that are calibrating these three volumes are:

The Poetics of the Transition on the Run
-    to enhance the visibility of the process of transition and behavior of the actors involved in it, its unwritten rules and its hidden potentials

The Conditions of the Self Regulated Urbanity
-    to cultivate an enabling knowledge on self regulated urbanity, its concepts, conditions and developing strategy

The Pioneers of the Emergent Practices
-    to encourage the evolvements of the emergent practices, their interactions and partnerships in establishing reliable institutional platforms for permanent activism