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Bucharest: The forgotten avantgarde

Towards the end of the economic crisis 1929-33, Bucharest became one of the centers in South-Eastern Europe, where an avant-garde, architectural stylistic change happened. Within a short period of time Bucharest benefitted from the prolific circumstances of a rapidly growing economy and the city experienced a change of identity due to a new architectural image. This new image was characterized by the purity of the form and the typical expression of the new materials involved at that time, such as steel, concrete and glass.

Marcel Iancu (Janco), Horia Creanga, G.M.Cantacuzino, Duiliu Marcu, Octav Doicescu, Arghir Culina are some of the most influential personalities of this time. The architects vision of the future was open to liberalism and modernism.

Today the future existence of many of these architectural monuments remains uncertain and the Bucharest Modern architecture patrimony urgently needs sustained and concentrated actions in order to restore and preserve this unique architectural heritage. Therefore ZEITLOS – BERLIN would like to draw more attention to Bucharest in order to not forget about this special city.

If you want to learn more, here Valentin Mandaches Webblog about Historic Houses of Romania