AEEA European Association for Architectural Education
UAUIM “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism
Ageing places, buildings and natural environments require delicate interventions.
There are two frequently used approaches: subtle changes acting as a neutral
background to highlight valuable building features; or broad changes permeating
the place, establishing a dialogue between old and new features, possibly
creating a new interpretation. There is however a further type of approach, one
that empowers the place.
Many ageing buildings loose their character and are forgotten; similarly some
entire areas, for various reasons, do not keep up with the times and fall out of
fashion. These are the places we must address through architectural intervention
generating empowerment, giving them an “upgrade”.
There are previously overlooked areas which can be empowered by an inspired
architectural intervention. Subsequently, an upgrade may help communities by
providing architectural support to answer their needs.
The modern era developed a preference for fractured progress. Displeased,
rightfully or not, by the development and evolution of art, people have proved
themselves willing to initiate radical changes, introduce new rules, reverse
almost anything, and ultimately invent new universes. And more than once,
cultural movements fused with or became companions of political ones. Denying
almost everything that had occurred until then, new movements were introduced
as the “real art” portraying a new version of the perfect world. But for a culture
to exist and mature, one crucial ingredient is essential: CONTINUITY. Only
continuity over generations offers a culture the chance to survive historical
changes. Continuity however does not mean imprisonment in one point of time
but perseverance and trust in a value system.
Continuity does not follow fashion trends and neither aims, emphatically or
arrogantly, to alienate them. Novelties are not a nuisance to a culture. Instead,
they are – precisely through continuity – easily assimilated and accepted.
Therefore the continuity of one culture means a permanent transformation,
without an extreme departure from everything that existed before.
No architect thinks that a building that they design would ever become an
artifact; on the contrary, all architects believe that they are creating buildings
that would always house life. Buildings are permanently changing, according to
the lives of people and communities they accommodate. Yet within the changes
there is a consistency that ensures CONTINUITY.
The competition is open to all students in architecture
Final Jury Members
1. Francis Soler, France – President
2. Francis Nordemann, France – AEEA
3. Loughlin Kealy, Ireland – AEEA
4. Mairie Henry, Ireland – ACE
5. Alexandros Tombazis, Greece
6. Emil Barbu Popescu, Romania – UAUIM
7. LAFARGE Representative
I – 6000 Euro
II – 4000 Euro
III – 3000 Euro
10 Mentions – 1000 Euro each