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Over 160 works on the National Architecture Biennial

Over 160 works will be presented at the National Architecture Biennial (BNA) 2014 that began in Bucharest yesterday and will take place until 30th October. BNA 2014 commissar Sergiu Nistor noted the 11th edition of the Biennial is organised by the Union of Architects of Romania (UAR), in cooperation with the ‘Ion Mincu’ University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest (UAUIM). He added that the National Architecture Biennial has been uninterruptedly organised since 1994.
The central BNA 2014 event is the contest-exhibition ‘Dilemmas and challenges of architectural space – Romania 2013-2014’, including six different sections for which a total of 184 works have been signed up by over 200 authors. The exhibition will be opened in the lobby of the University of Architecture in Bucharest and can be visited between 17th and 30th of October, from 9 to 17h. The judges of the Biennial are well-known foreign architects, Romanian architects in the Diaspora and local architects, as well as laureates of the previous editions of the Biennial or of other national and international competitions. On 15th October, in the UAUIM exhibition hall, the judges will present 161 works selected for the competition out of the total number of 184.
‘We have a professional meeting, first of all, and only secondly a competition. The competition has an absolutely collegial character, but the exhibition is called a contest-exhibition (…) and will bring together 161 works – residential buildings, collective housing buildings, individual houses, social-cultural and production amenities, urban planning projects, historic monument restorations, interior architecture and, not least, a rich section of publications’, Sergiu Nistor said, noting that fewer works would be presented this edition than during the event two years before.
At the same time, UAR President Viorica Curea said this year’s edition of the Biennial invites the public to reflect on ‘the fundamental values of the urban and rural model, the changes of the society as a whole, the development of construction technologies and unending economic constraints’.
The Biennial will also host professional conferences focussed on matters covered by the six sections of the event: residential architecture, public amenities architecture, architectural heritage, interior architecture, public development and urbanism and specialised literature.
All that is complemented by the ‘Romania 100+’ conference series that will explore the opportunities architecture and city planning have from the point of view of the upcoming centenary of the modern Romanian state and preparations Romania is making to take the Presidency of the EU in 2019.
The BNA 2014 Award Ceremony will take place on 16th October at the Bucharest National Theatre. In recognition of the value and contributions made by urban architects to Romanian cities, six prizes will be awarded for the BNA 2014 sections: the BNA 2014 President’s Award, the UAR President’s Medal, the Opera Omnia Medal and prizes offered by sponsors.

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