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Uranus Conciliation. A Memorial and Urban Project
  • Nomination for the “Built Architecture / Architecture and Public Space” section

Uranus Conciliation. A Memorial and Urban Project

Authors: arh. Ștefan Ghenciulescu, arh. Dorothee Hasnaș, arh. Ilinca Păun Constantinescu
Firm: Zeppelin + Ideilagram

Expoziția integrează materiale din cadrul etapelor din 2019–2021 ale proiectului general „Uranus Acum”: imagini noi și de arhivă, cercetări, interviuri, texte, desene etc.
Mulțumiri speciale vechilor locuitori ai cartierului și martorilor implicați, echipei restrânse - Oana-Valentina Suciu și Iris Șerban, membrilor Ideilagram, echipei extinse, voluntarilor, tuturor celor care ne-au furnizat informații și ne-au sprijinit.

Un proiect Zeppelin & Ideilagram
Curatoriat, coordonare: Dorothee Hasnaș, Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Ilinca Păun-Constantinescu
Cercetare: Dorothee Hasnaș, Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Ciprian Plăiașu
Parteneri: Universitatea de Arhitectură și Urbanism „Ion Mincu” București, Senatul României, Academia Română, re-act now, Inițiativa Parcul Uranus, MNAC București, DC Communication
Design expozițional: Dorothee Hasnaș, Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Ilinca Păun-Constantinescu, Tudor Constantinescu, Artemisa Pascu, Andrei Grosu
Design grafic: Local Design Circle (Artemisa Pascu, Andrei Grosu)
Design tip de literă Triumf:Bogdan Dumitrache
Colaboratori cercetare, design, proofreading:Andrei Badea, Cătălina Frâncu, design publicații: Gabriela Belcineanu
Producție expoziție:Fabricate
Website Uranus Acum: Dorothee Hasnaș, Ciprian Plăiașu
Colaborare proiectare, producție, montaj:
Ideogram Studio
Photo: Tudor Constantinescu, Roald Aron, Vlad Bâscă, imagini de arhivă, echipa proiectului
Video: Alexandru Păun
Proiectare rezistență instalații: Adrian Brânzoiu

Authors’ Comment

Tabula rasa?
Well, sometimes not even tabula rasa is complete!
The “Uranus Conciliation” exhibition take the “Urnaus Now” program further. We explore the traces of the city destroyed in the wake of the ‘80s megalomaniac transformation of Bucharest. We talk about scenarios and proposals for the democratic and coherent development of the Uranus-Rahova-Izvor area, and how traces can become a resource for this process.

The first of them brought forward a series of quasi-invisible witnesses – the traces of the replaced city. The second was dedicated to presenting and building scenarios for the future of this huge territory. Apparently, the presence of the past and the proposals for the future are at odds with each other. In fact, to us, the traces need to become a regeneration resource. We are no longer speaking of trauma only, but of a future of reconciliation and cohabitation of historical strata, of making peace between the city and its inhabitants, of the living and fertile memory, and of civilized urban development.
For the time being, most institutions and politicians are reticent or indifferent to this matter. Actual actions depend on initiating a discussion and on the citizens’ desire to request their right to the city.

Design in the public space. The exhibition
The two sections consisted of a series of panels, wholly placed within the Uranus territory, and were accompanied by the launch of an online platform (, with additional information on places and their related stories (memories of inhabitants, archive images, the synthesis of previous research etc.).
With a low budget and the need for easy and perfectly reversible interventions, we purchased precast metal poles initially meant to support terrace umbrellas. We hijacked them as support devices for Forex panels printed with images and text. The symbolic reference are the isolated street signs. Here, they spoke of streets, monuments, houses which no longer exist, and some which could be.
For the “Traces” section, 10 installations were placed within the former neighbourhood where some pre-1980 urban elements have either completely disappeared or were kept as fragments. On each panel, QR codes would provide access to the online platform and additional information about the respective place or about the map and the rest of the exhibition. The devices in the “Moving on” section were compactly placed in the Izvor Park, around the so-called “Cyclists’ Roundabout”. The panels contained a short discussion on the subject, a map of the traces in the larger area, as well as presentations on projects for the area:
the winning project to the București 2000 competition (architecture office Von Gerkan, Marg & Partner); the Uranus Park project; projects within the Bucharest Integrated plan for Urban Development (PIDU); and, last, the “Uranus Now” team proposal

For over six months, tens of thousands of visitors entered the time capsule and explored the superposition of the past, present, and future of the area.

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