Critical Discourses is starting October 1st

The third week opens the discussions about the discourse that accompanies architecture with the third module of the East Centric Architecture Triennale. Critical Discourses begins with the presentation and the judging of the nominated essays, continues with Alberto Pérez-Gómez and Vladimir Šlapeta conferences and celebrates the winners of the contest at the award gala on Sunday.

This module brings together eleven new perspectives on contemporary architecture presented live in front of you, the public and the jury. Critical Discourses module is an act of theoretical and critical analysis of the phenomenon of architecture and built environment in general, in Central and Eastern Europe, and an interdisciplinary approach aimed at reflecting the ideas, opinions, visions and philosophies that subtend the material expression of the built environment and imbue the cultural space of the region.

The module sets out to analyze the architectural and urban phenomenon of the region – as historical becoming as well as contemporary situation – through an essay competition addressed both to professionals from the field of architecture and to those of related cultural fields – philosophy, art, sociology, anthropology etc. The competition concludes by bringing together the authors of the most consistent essays to present and discuss their works before an international jury and the public, an event which will be complemented by professional conferences held by acclaimed personalities of architectural thinking and of contemporary culture.

Critical Discourses is the third module of the Triennale. The other three modules are: East Centric Arhitext Awards, Drifting Architecture, Agora Experiments. 10 nominated papers will be presented in two public sessions, after which 2 prizes will be awarded for the best theoretical contributions.


Cazacu Silvia - The Danube Delta between tradition and the society of the spectacle Gradinariu Stefana - Critical Realism of the Fourth Nature Pavelic Tomislav - In Search of a Lost Paradigm Pavelic Tomislav - In Search of a Lost Paradigm Pavelic Tomislav - In Search of a Lost Paradigm Purcaru Simina - Restoring poiēsis and praxis in architecture – The School of Bunești Purcaru Simina - Restoring poiēsis and praxis in architecture – The School of Bunești Purcaru Simina - Restoring poiēsis and praxis in architecture – The School of Bunești


Practical Approaches – first public presentation – Saturday, October 1st – 10:00
@ Rosetti Villa, Conference Hall


Theoretical Approaches – second public presentation – Sunday, October 2nd – 10:00 @ Rosetti Villa, Conference Hall


We invite you to take part at this second stage of Critical Discourses essay contest, which comprises the public presentations of the authors of the nominated works, public discussions with the members of the jury, and several lectures of Keynote speakers.


Full schedule:

Rosetti Villa, Conference Hall

National Theatre Bucharest, Media Room