Bucharest East-Centric Triennale 2019
about the Bucharest Triennale
The East-Centric Architecture Bucharest Triennale is a transnational cultural event, meant to critically explore the architectural phenomenon in Central and Eastern Europe. The general context of our region and its historically variable relationship with the West call for a large scale endeavour in order to assert our common identity, to understand the entangled web of cultural influences and to foster creative paths for the future.
Born in 2013 as a successor to a 20 years long series of cultural events organized by the Arhitext Design Foundation, the Bucharest Triennale quickly became a focal point for architects and critics, bringing together regional practices with acclaimed international speakers, as Juhani Pallasmaa, Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Willem Jan Neutelings, Terunobu Fujimori, or Dietmar Feichtinger. Far from being a narrowly focused, regional only event, the Triennale actively promotes critical dialogue, fertile overlappings and courteous controversies between different cultural, aesthetic, and ideological strands of architectural and urban thought. In the same time, the Triennale aims to be an open platform bringing together individuals and institutions from different cultural fields. Connections and interferences between architecture, philosophy, sociology, and the arts are actively explored in our events, as they always were in the Arhitext magazine since its founding in 1990.
The 3rd edition.
Concept and structure
Our endeavor starts with an effort to understand and conceptualize the social, political, and cultural condition of present times: defined by major and very dynamic transformations concerning our common way of dwelling the world. Changes in people’s modes of existence meet other radical changes in the way our cities are conceived and our houses are built.
Based on empirical and theoretical considerations, we can assert that exploration of the built environment is an adequate, valuable lens for understanding the world. In the same time, it is evident that this type of approach – mere exploration – is incomplete, not capable to grasp our situated, active positions in society. Major contemporary developments in sociology, including those grouped under the actor-network theory category, are insisting on the need to understand the complex networks which involve social actors of a certain field, to embrace the usefulness of abandoning outside, pseudo-objective points of view, and to concentrate instead on assuming the active, continuously performed character of the social relations we are part of.
Therefore, our approach can be described as an oscillating process of describing and simultaneously acting upon the relations between society and the built environment.
We are proposing an interrogative, open-ended development of the Home framework. Home anymore? is, first of all, an inquiry into the elusive possibility of being at home in today’s world.