Agora Experiments Module

On Art and Architecture Installations in Service of Community, at Agora Experiments – Associated Project of East Centric Architecture Triennale

How would you feel going to the museum to (literally) swing on a boat? What about having your own bubble to spend time with your friends in? How would you feel cooking in open air, in the heart of the city? These are only a few not merely possible but realized installations in public space, created by architects and artists from East and Central Europe and put in service of community.

Green Urban Lab Kitchen 21 Optimists Table in the Garden The Bridge Chsn-Ksn Day 15 Day 15

Toward such structures, at the edge between art and architecture, yet always focused on the citizen as part of the agora and on his social problems, is the last weekend of the East Centric Architecture Triennale oriented, through Agora Experiments associated project. As a starting point for public debates, the triennale’s site hosts an online exhibition, bringing together at this moment 23 interventions which rethink the space of community and propose contemporary solutions for it to become playground / meeting space / open-air theatre or any other function necessary for local community. All projects exhibited at follow the open call Arhitext Design Foundation launched in summer and the analysis undertook by the members of the curatorial board, together with Andreea-Livia Ivanovici (architect, editor of Arhitext review and project coordinator), Sami Rintala – Norwegian architect, author of „Sixty Minute Man” project at Vennice Biennale in 2000, Barbara Holub – Viennese artist concerned by the way art „engages” the citizen, and with consultants Dragoş Dascălu (architect, member of PLUSMINUS association and of the Center for Built Environment), Alex Axinte and Cristi Borcan (studioBASAR) – architects actively involved in urban research and participatory projects of rethinking public space. Starting from why? and how? these installations approach important social or economical problems that affect not only today society, but also each and every one of us, the debates and conferences of Agora Experiments take place as follows:

Friday, 07.10 – at 18:00 – «Bridging a Gap» Agora Experiments public debate – free entry @ Impact Hub, 2nd floor. Moderated by: Dragoș Dascălu
Saturday, 08.10 – at 11:00 – «One Direction versus Many» – free entry @ Bucharest National Theatre Moderated by: Andreea-Livia Ivanovici

Saturday, 08.10 – at 16:00 – conference held by Barbara Holub «Transparadiso» @ Bucharest National Theatre – free entry upon pre-registration at
Saturday, 08.10 – at 18:00 – associated conference held by Ana Maria Zahariade @ Bucharest National Theatre (tickets available on the triennale’s site:
Sunday, 09.10 – at 16:00 – conference held by Sami Rintala @ National Theatre Bucharest, Media Hall – free entry upon pre-registration at

Its regional nature draws attention on common problems of the built environment, especially of urban public space, specific to the region of East and Central Europe, and on the diversity of solutions proposed. Entry to debates and conferences is open to all: artists, architects, students, journalist, critics, cultural operators, citizens.

Agora Experiments associated project is financed by ARCUB – Cultural Center of Bucharest Municipality, through the “Bucharest – the in-visible city” program.

More information about the project: in the dedicated web section here.
Facebook event: here.

Sami Rintala
Sami Rintala (born 1969) is an architect and an artist, with a long merit list after finishing his architect studies in Helsinki Finland 1999. He established architect office Casagrande & Rintala 1998, which produced a series of acknowledged architectural installations around the world during the next five years until 2003. These works combine architecture with critical thinking of society, nature and the real tasks of an architect, all within a cross-over art field using space, light, materials and human body as tools of expression.

Rintala had his first wider recognition in 1999 with the project Land(e)scape: Three abandoned wooden barns were raised on 10 meter high legs to follow their farmers to the cities as a critical comment on the deserting process of the countryside. In Venice Biennale 2000 Sixty Minute Man was realized; A ship sailed to Arsenal with a garden inside. The park was planted on sixty minutes of human waste from the city of Venice, becoming together with the old boat a three dimensional collage of society waste commenting on the Biennale theme ‘ less aesthetics, more ethics’.

In 2008, Rintala started a new architect office with Icelandic architect Dagur Eggertsson, called Rintala Eggertsson Architects. The office is based in Oslo, South Norway and Bodø, North Norway. Important part of Rintala’s work is teaching and lecturing in various art and architecture universities. Teaching takes place usually in form of workshops where the students often are challenged to participate the shaping of human environment on a realistic 1:1 situation. Sami Rintala’s work is based on narrative and conceptualism. Resulting work is a layered interpretation of the physical, mental and poetic resources of the site.

Barbara Holub Artist, based in Vienna; studied architecture at the Stuttgart University of Technology/ Germany. Founded transparadiso with Paul Rajakovics (architect and urbanist) in 1999, a transdisciplinary practice in between architecture, art, urban design and urban intervention. transparadiso is engaged in developing new urbanistic tools and artistic strategies for „direct urbanism“ as third layer in addition to urban planning and urban design.

Member of the editorial board of dérive_magazine for urban research in Vienna since 2003; member of the Public Arts Committee of Lower Austria 2005–2007; president of the Vienna Secession, 2006–2007. Schindler grant, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, 2004; Otto-Wagner-Prize for Urban Design, 2007. Member of the advisory board of Art & the Public Sphere Journal (UK) and of WCPUN, New York. Visiting artist, lecturer, University of Applied Arts Vienna (2014–2016); lecturing at the Vienna University of Technology (since 2010).