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ArgumentNo. 10/2018

STOA – Centre of Urban Culture

  • / “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania


Personal development is a complex, continuous process that comes in unique forms, personalized by the personal searches and interests of every human being. In order to further his own development and to tap into the intimate background of his aspirations, man will make use of the various methods at his disposal, informal methods, most of the time.

Architecture should support this development process for the individual as well as for society, because the wider picture may suggest that one of the answers to the problems of public spaces in our time resides in the cultivation of the personal essence and in the way it can interact and generate reactions in others.

Maybe a strong community does not depend on just the common interests of certain people, but on supporting and accepting all interests, even if different. Perhaps public space should not only create functions but also situations, not dictate clearly the destinations, but favor the various scenarios that come with each user, leaving some of the answers to the people.

Maintaining the possibility of architectural indeterminacy is a necessary and important step in truly engaging people with each other and with the space they are in. With informal education as instrument and with a suitable framework, public spaces relevant to the community can be created.