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ArgumentNo. 9/2017

A critical review of archeology as resource in the contemporary design process

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


The challenge of an active presence of archaeology as a resource both in architectural design and urban planning processes is a path that all types of societies should consolidate. This paper aims to identify the interferences between current architectural discourse and contemporary architectural interventions that integrate the archaeological substrate into new urban buildings. This dialogue is identified both in the global approach of new architecture towards the integration of archaeological sites as well as in solving the details of some particular spaces that highlight the importance of the remains.

The study identifies several specific attitudes that contemporary architects have used in negotiating the relation with ruins as a symbiotic process. Museums, libraries, access pavilions, simple structures or shelters are just some examples of functions that recent architecture has used in order to position itself in relation to archaeological past.


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