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ArgumentNo. 4/2012

Revitalization of an area by insertion of a functional element from the cultural domain - theatre as a building or as an open-air place suitable for dramatical spectacle.


The current presentation tries to capture a few recent examples of intervention in urban areas, with the integration of some theater buildings or other structures to house cultural functions -necessary or opportunistic-, to revitalize and evolve those areas as civic spaces with genuine and multiple public attractions.

The development of a contemporary city generates areas unused, forgotten, fractured zones that become true barriers in the territory, functional voids. The reconversion of decommissioned industrial areas and buildings within the city by recycling the existing constructions and remodeling suitable spaces, in theater areas, might be a propitious strategy adopted by local administrations.

The examples presented show that in international practice, the most inventive solutions of modern theaters were found in totally non-conformist spaces, so, I marked this tendency with examples of contemporary Bucharest, markets, pedestrian walkways, shopping areas, parks, archaeological sites or monuments can become unconventional "scenes", especially since we can foresee temporary inserts, non-invasive, based on light structures.

Trough the art of theater, both the site / monument, as much as the theatrical piece reciprocal provide new meanings.


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