Dr Sandra Jasper
Dr Sandra Jasper is a geographer interested in urban nature, soundscapes, and feminist theory. She is a Research Associate at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University of Berlin, and affiliated researcher at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. Her research has been published in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, The Journal of Architecture, and Dialogues in Human Geography, among other journals. She hasco-edited (with Matthew Gandy) The Botanical City (Jovis, forthcoming) andis currently completing her first monograph on the experimental spaces of West Berlin. Sandra is co-author and co-producer of the documentary film Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin(UK/Germany, 2017, 72 mins, dir. by Matthew Gandy).
Guest Eric Bednarski is a director/writer born in Halifax, Canada. He lives and works in Warsaw. Bednarski studied history and filmmaking in North America and Europe. His documentary film work with the National Film Board of Canada has garnered him a Gemini Award and a Writers Guild of Canada Award nomination, and he was awarded the Decoration of Honour “Meritorious for Polish Culture” by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in 2015. Bednarski’s films have been broadcast across the world and have also screened at international festivals, at the United Nations, the European Parliament and the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Ilinca Păun Constantinescu
Born in Bucharest in 1982, Ilinca Păun Constantinescu earned her PhD degree in architecture in 2013. She currently practices architecture at Ideogram Studio, teaches theory of architecture at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism Bucharest, and leads cultural projects within the IDEILAGRAM Association. Together with her team from IDEILAGRAM, she edited Shrinking Cities in Romania. Orașe românești în declin (DOM publishers&MNAC Press 2019) and realized researches and exhibitions such as: Shrinking Cities in Romania (MNAC Bucharest, 2016), On Housing (Timco Halls Timișoara, 2018), Uranus Now (MNAC, 2019, initiated by Zeppelin).
Lecturer at Ion Mincu Architecture and Urbanism University in Bucharest, at the Department of History, Architecture Theory and Heritage Conservation. She is an architect and documents, teaches and writes about architecture in recent times, about how the heritage can be understood, re-evaluated and assumed today. She was involved in variuos cultural projects, exhibits and summer schools on this topic. She is the author of Architecture and urbanism in Romania between 1944-1960: Constraint and Experiment (2016)
Nicoleta Marin is a geographer, passionate about nature conservation. In 2017, she joined the team of rangers at the Văcărești Natural Park Association working on educational and conservation projects in the park. In her spare time, she’s a volunteer at Kogayon Association where she took part, since 2004, in educational and infrastructure set up in Buila-Vînturarița National Park. She is interested in natural urban spaces for their potential they have to stir people’s interest for nature and also for the benefits these spaces bring to the communities around them.
Nora graduated the National Film University, Bucharest 1998 and holds a Master of Digital Arts from Athens Fine Arts University, Greece 2010. She has experience as coach assistant in photography class at the National Film University in Bucharest and as a film tutor in documentary film workshops. She was working as director of photography for several feature documentary films and she co-directed one of them (“Low Cost”, Arte TV-France/TVR-Romania, 2006). Many of these films were selected at well-known film festivals (Berlin, Rotterdam and many others). A member of the Romanian Cinematographer Association, collaborating with Corbis Agency in Paris, her work as photographer was published in many magazines of Romania and abroad.
She is the director of Timebox.
A graduate from the Horticulture and Landscaping Faculty at U.S.A.M.V.B. in 2009 (the last class with 5 years of study), in the same year she became a member of the Bucharest-Ilfov Landscaping Association and started studying at the Integrated Urban Development Master at the Faculty of Architecture “Ion Mincu”. Currently, she is a landscape engineer with a portfolio of over 50 private gardens, commercial spaces and residential neighborhoods and also hundreds of volunteer hours in different educational and professional activities in the past 10 years. The guiding principle in her projects is “space for people” which she defines more as a interaction between man and nature than as a space where people do their activities.