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Nordic focus at Romanian Design Week 2016: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden make ”A Turn for the Better” to present local solutions to global problems

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are taking over Piata Amzei during May 21st-June 5th, 2016, as guest countries at the fourth edition of Romanian Design Week.

“Can parking lots be turned into buildable plots?”, “Can abandoned industrial sites be converted to vibrant city districts?”, “What does architecture for bees look like?”, “How do we increase public awareness in urban planning processes and how do we get commuters to choose the bike over the car?” – all these questions are to take “A Turn for the Better” by resorting to five Nordic proposals for liveable cities created by architects, city planners and urban activists in the Scandinavian countries.

The exhibition, presented with the support of the Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden in Romania and with financial assistance of the Nordic Culture Fund, consists of the following contributions:

  • Super Cycle Highway project signed by Dissing +Weitling architects (Denmark),
  • Dream Hotel project by Uusi Kaupunki Collective and Studio Puisto (Finland),
  • “2.5 x 5 meters” project by Krads Architects (Iceland),
  • By-Bi, urban beekeepers project (Norway),
  • “The People’s Port” project of The city of Helsingborg (Sweden).

“The problems our cities are facing tend to be global. In «A Turn for the Better» we present five proposals from the Nordic countries for how these problems can be solved locally leading to more liveable cities for us all. We hope that the exhibition will inspire to a fruitful conversation between architects and planners from the Nordic countries and their Romanian counterparts as well as the general public attending Romanian Design Week”, say Daniel Golling and Gustaf Kjellin of the independent architecture and design initiative Summit, the curators of the Nordic exhibition.

“We chose this topic along with the curators of the exhibiton because both The Institute team and our partners ING Bank and Bucharest 1st District City Hall are interested in starting a debate, from the fact that Romanian Design Week will be hosted by Piața Amzei, around whether Bucharest knows or not how to accelerate its way into modernization, using its own dowry that is still locked in her own chest”, says Andrei Gavrilă-Borțun, CEO The Institute.

The authors of the projects from the Nordic countries will further detail their initiative during a conference on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, from 12 PM, at The Institute Café.

The exhibition will be open to the public during May 21st-June 5th, 2016 from 10 AM to 10 PM.

The Nordic Culture Fund works to support an innovative and dynamic artistic and cultural scene in the Nordic Region, one that is diverse, accessible and of high quality.

Established in 1966, based on an agreement between all of the Nordic countries, the Fund contributes to positive artistic and cultural development in the Nordic Region by promoting co-operation between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. It does so by gathering knowledge and information, building networks and providing financial support. In recent years, the Fund has also evolved into an active participant in and facilitator of networks, the aim of which is to support the development of cultural policy in the Nordic Region. For further info, please visit http://www.nordiskkulturfond.org/en/

Project of The Institute, Romanian Design Week is an annual event that promotes Romanian contemporary design as a tool that can contribute to social, economic and cultural progress. It is the first project dedicated entirely to Romanian design which addresses not only the public, but also the professionals. Every year, Romanian Design Week draws a map of events and spaces that come to help promote design.  For further info, please visit institute.ro/romanian-design-week, facebook.com/romaniandesignweek 

The Institute promotes the creative industries in Romania, aiming to help modernize Romania.It has been initiating and organising events for 17 years, bringing together entrepreneurs, professionals and the public of these industries in Romania. Everything it does helps to build a strong infrastructure for creative entrepreneurship development in the country, it brings up new audience and also diversifies it for the workshops, designers, small businesses, agencies and manufacturers. It promotes entrepreneurs and creative professionals on national and international scale. For further info, please visit institute.ro, facebook.com/Institute.ro

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