Implementation period
September 2015 – August 2017
25.724 $

European Commission through Erasmus + Program

This project creates a new multidisciplinary, educational curriculum for a sustainable conversion of public spaces. In fact it is a consultant for the sustainable conversion of spaces. The first event within the project Old Structures – New Purposes was held in Cluj-Napoca. In order to emphasize the importance of the sustainable conversion of abandoned public spaces, the event was held at Casa Tranzit, a former synagogue converted into a space for cultural activities. The event brought together over 50 people interested in the field of sustainable reconversion, including architects, university lecturers, representatives of non-governmental organizations and local public authorities. On this occasion we wanted to inform the public about good practices examples in the immediate vicinity (for example the Brush Factory in, Cluj-Napoca) and in partner countries (Croatia, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria). During the event, we debated possible solutions on the usefulness and fate of buildings, such as Gara Mică and Terenurile in Mănăștur. We organized an exhibition that included photographs of abandoned buildings in Cluj-Napoca, in order to draw attention to the unexplored potential of these spaces. During this event we promoted the online pilot course that took place later. The course was international, it involved ten participants from each partner country. The course focused on training professionals (architects, city planners, etc.) in the field of sustainable reconversion; in designing the module of Social Responsibility, we collaborated with Bogdana Neamțu, a university professor at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences.

„One of the challenges we had to face was the lack of popularity of on-line courses in our country and finding people interested in participating in this course. In Romania, one of the greatest challenges is to reach a visible result in the field of reconverting abandoned buildings, as the bureaucratic activity can be overwhelming. The most important thing we learned from this project is that in order to be successful you need to collaborate.”

Anna Șargov Project Coordinator