Both internal and external space, the balconies of the apartments have been, over time, the subject of a whole series of transformations or renovations: they were used as relaxation spaces, but also for storage, they were closed with windows and walls or left open, have been painted, extended or transformed into urban mini-forests and places of observation or meeting with neighbors. How many ways can a balcony be used?
Tudor Elian moderates a dialogue about balconies with Alex Axinte (architect and independent researcher), Bogdan Iancu (university lector, SNSPA) and Ruxandra Păduraru (master student in anthropology, Faculty of Sociology). How were they transformed and renovated from their original purpose? How do the thousands of balconies in big cities change the urban landscape? We are going to find out in an open discussion on Wednesday night, on the first day of UrbanEye 2020, LIVE on Facebook.
𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐱 𝐀𝐱𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞, an architect, lives and works in Bucharest. Alex acts as an independent researcher on an intermediate position between applied research, participatory design and civic involvement. He graduated from the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism (UAUIM) in Bucharest in 2004, and in 2018 he completed a master’s degree in Social Research at the Sheffield Methods Institute (SMI), University of Sheffield. He is currently a PhD student at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA), University of Sheffield, where he conducts applied research on the spatialization of civic institutions and common management in the context of collective housing in the former socialist city. Alex is the co-founder of studioBASAR.
𝐁𝐨𝐠𝐝𝐚𝐧 𝐈𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐮 is a university lecturer at the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Political Sciences, National School of Political and Administrative Studies, where he teaches courses in visual anthropology, ethnographic practice, material culture and sociology of everyday life and researcher at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest. In 2011 he obtained a doctorate in anthropology and ethnology at the Universita degli Studi di Perugia.
𝐑𝐮𝐱𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐚 𝐏𝐚̆𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐮 is a master student in anthropology at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest. Bachelor’s degree in sociology, anthropology specialization. Involved in urban anthropology workshops at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism (UAUIM), she studies the narratives of cities and the mutual construction of man-city, city-man.
𝐓𝐮𝐝𝐨𝐫 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧 is an architect and associate professor at the University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” (UAUIM. In addition to his own projects, he is interested in alternative ways of transmitting and practicing architecture, through direct contact with the material and everyday reality, through craft and by researching informal urban practices.In 2017 he obtained his PhD in architecture at UAUIM with a paper focused on informal architecture in Bucharest.