URBAN HERITAGE

Urban Heritage

Although Pro Patrimonio Foundation focuses mainly on carrying out projects and actions to rescue and preserve tangible heritage that is part of the rural cultural landscape, a number of exemplary projects have been carried out to support urban heritage. Among the most recent ones that drew attention to the situation is Bucharest Watch Day 2016 and the Matache Hall Affair (2010-today).

Bucharest, the capital of Romania, has been victim to multiple degradations and mutilations after 1990 that irremediably affected the identity, memory and quality of the life of its dwellers. Through abandonment, ignorance, demolition, tacit vandalism, offensive advertising, inadequate renovation of historical monuments, derogatory urban plans, and poor infrastructure projects, much of the modernist and industrial architecture patrimony has disappeared. Mobility and accessibility in the public space are not linked to the city needs, a European capital that lacks an integrated housing and community development policy.

Professional organizations have drawn up specialized reports on the problems Bucharest's built heritage is facing and the state of the city:

Report for Bucharest 2016, Order of Romanian Architects, Bucharest Branch (link pdf)

Bucharest Heritage. 2008-2012 Report, Pro.Do.Mo (link pdf)

The black book. Destruction of Architectural and Urban Heritage in Romania, 2009, Order of Romanian Architects and Ministry of Culture, Religious Affairs and National Heritage (link pdf)

ActivitiesArticles Urban Heritage
February 19, 2018

Concordia Hotel

Former Concordia Hotel in Bucharest, Romania throwback memory for modern Pro Patrimonio Foundation and Bucharest branch of the Order of Architects in Romania, with intellectuals and cultural institutions, ...
ActivitiesArticles Urban Heritage
February 19, 2018

Bucharest – Heritage in Danger 2016

Bucharest - Heritage in Danger in 2016 In 2016, the international organization World Monuments Fund has named Bucharest, the proposal Pro.Do.Mo. Association together with the Foundation Pro Patrimonio, including the historic sites ...
ActivitiesArticles Urban Heritage
March 6, 2018

Matache – A Troubling Affair (2010 - today)

Matache phenomenon - Berzei - Buzeşti (2010-present) In late 2010, the Bucharest City Hall has decided to start work on the North-South diameter, based on the Urban Area Plan for Buzeşti-Berzei Uranus diameter. Demolitions ...