ArgumentNo. 7/2015

Urban Insertions in Călărașilor Road Area: Concept, Context and Continuity


Under its various aspects that include also urban history, the history of humanity is an open book that it is written and re-written ceaselessly, the present (continuously built) being a ceaseless (in)scribing within the great (urban) text. The history is like a continuously accumulation of material or immaterial layers, the present time could be seen like a (continuously) limit between past and future, and architecture, like a way of linking in space all these time periods.

It seems that today’s architecture does no longer emerge from a particular place, the image of an architecture of place (and time) being gradually removed. Within the context of (architectural) globalization where borders established by cultures and geopolitics are being removed, distinctive elements are needed to add value and character to one zone or another, thus helping the preservation of its identity.

The concept of a project can be (as relation), indifferent, in accordance or in conflict with the context; that is why, a special attention should be shown to the integration of new buildings in a given context because, building in context is essentially different than building with the context. Reporting to the context value, with its optimal and less optimal layers, it is important when discussing about architecture of content, of substance and not of forms (without essence).

The contemporary urban insertion should also mean conservation of place memory, preserving in this way the architectural morphology continuity and a certain coherence of the place spatiality, as a base for future urban interventions. The existence within contemporariness involves the awareness of the fact that without the additions from the past, the idea of modern time with its specific characteristics would not have existed. To find his identity, the modern architecture cannot eliminate the temporal dimension from his concerns, his existence being certified by reference to the past, space and time being a continuous accumulation of successive layers of evolution.


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