About Drifting Architecture

Drifting Architecture alongside ECA Awards and the Critical Discourses essay contest are the three main modules of the second edition of the East Centric Architectural Triennale. The regions’ largest architectural event, East Centric Architectural Triennale x-rays, maps and connects the most important projects, experiments and ideas in the region and brings their authors in dialogue.

This module builds around the main thematic exhibition “Drifting Architecture”, creating an interactive platform for recording and promoting Central and Eastern European contemporary architecture. Inheriting a common history, the architecture from this region defines its identity today by making renewed use of local resources and by taking a critical stance with respect to international mainstream trends. For this reason we feel the need for a thematic exhibition.

Drifting Architecture has thus a double focus

  1. To expose the determinants that have modelled a series of characteristics of contemporary architecture from the Central and Eastern European region;
  2. To illustrate the different stances of “Drifting” theme as addressed by Bogdan Ghiu, in the argument of the curator of Drifting Architecture Exhibition.

Important aspects of the transformation process of contemporary architecture and, along with it, of the architectural critique in the region, will be presented by means of a thematic exhibition and a critical discussion. This will bring together professionals from the region and from all over the world.

There are 26 countries part of this region: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary.

Drifting Architecture thematic exhibition will present a selection of consistent architecture projects relevant both for the regional historical context, as well as for the social and cultural ambience. It will offer a new direction for further research to the critical discourse in contemporary architecture. Earlier this year, as part of Drifting Architecture module, the Triennale team has launched an open call for the selection of the projects to be presented at the Drifting Architecture thematic exhibition. This open call responded to the constant need to identify the most recent examples of quality architecture. Targeting both emerging offices and well-established practitioners, it was addressed as a public inquiry which gives the opportunity to outline a complete, and thus more relevant image of the architecture built in the last 3 years in Central and Eastern Europe. This request was also open to experiment and innovation. The full list of projects selected for the “Drifting Architecture” exhibition can be accessed here.