Bucharest is not an easy city to work with, but once dissected on the urbanist’s table it becomes a very challenging subject. An urban space that lived through NO GOLDEN AGE, an endless accumulation of projects, visions, agencies, political-technological spaces and changing mentalities, Bucharest presents itself today as an almost medieval city re-produced day by day by the invisible hands of the market.
While past projects were clear statements of a cultural and political position, the present growth cannot be related to any visible rationality. The apparent lack of purpose and identity in its evolution is generated by the passage in a Post-Socialist condition that is still not finished after twenty years of transition. Bucharest was not re-born yet, it remains in a comatose state, in-between paradigms.
The role of this thesis is not to give a definitive answer of how Bucharest should be. Its aim is to provide the basis - a platform for debate, a provocative manifesto for a new approach, a new perspective over the post-socialist realities of the city. The VISION is not describing a proposed GOLDEN AGE. The quality of Bucharest as underlined by this thesis lies in its open character, its appearance as ‘UNFINISHED PROJECT’.