CITY OF CONTRASTS
14 days / 250 participants
17 workshops / 6 speakers
One amazing experience

2016, August 1-15
MEDS BUCHAREST 2016

City of Contrasts

For the first time MEDS will be held in Romania. Between the 1st and 15th of August 2016 Bucharest will host MEDS workshop in its contrasting historical and cultural background.

All elements of your creative exploration are to enhance Bucharest’s Eclectic & unique style. When we refer to Bucharest, as being a City of Contrasts, we talk about conflicting urban juxtapositions, running backlit images and loud traffic sounds, about the rich, the poor, the religious & the mystic, about traditions, music, craftsmanship and vernacular architecture.


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The theme

“City of Contrasts”

After a visit in 1854, American military doctor Oscar James Noyes wrote in a book about Bucharest : “I’ve never seen the lack of luxury, beauty and ugliness, pride and poverty put in such a striking contrast”. Notes of foreign travelers in Bucharest in that period describe it as a city of contrasts.

This characteristic feature of Bucharest is still noticeable today. Bucharest’s urban landscape is defined by contrasts, through its inappropriate juxtapositions, lack of rules and striking differences. Throughout time, palaces and mansions have been built amid slums. Then, residential blocks appeared in the villas neighborhoods. Old churches were hidden by blocks during communist times. One of the largest building in the world, named “the People’s Palace”, was built over and after an entire inhabited neighborhood was demolished.

In Bucharest, contrasts can be found everywhere, in architecture, people, attitudes, public spaces, all of these contributing to it’s identity. The challenge is to analyze, study and interact with these contrasting aspects of Bucharest. This way your designs will either become solutions to different urban problems or if you get inspired by them, the challenge is to approach your designs from an artistic point of view.

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Create a Contrast

Throughout the city, if you put aside the noise, the unrest and the obviously contrasting situations, what’s left might surprise you.
In Bucharest there are a lot of interesting spaces that go unnoticed. These areas can be revitalized and made known by developing contrasting projects.

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Mediate a Contrast

Mediate between contrasting spaces or entities. The contrasting relations can be established between spaces, between people and spaces, or any other relevant interactions.
About

Facilities

Find out more about accommodation, dining and working during the workshop.


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Accommodation & Meals

All accommodation places are located in the northern part of Bucharest – the Agronomy Campus.

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Working Spaces

The working spaces are organized in the campus area and on sites. Most of the working spaces will have facilities such as power plugs.

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Lectures

All lectures will be held in English by professionals from various design fields and creative industries.

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Exhibition Venues

MEDS will organize exhibitions with the final outcome of the workshops in different locations throughout the city. Check out the venues here.

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Sites


Agronomy Campus


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The Romanian Peasant Museum


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Vacaresti Delta


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Herastrau Park


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Combinatul fondului plastic (CFP)


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Kiseleff Park


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UNARTE


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Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum


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Geology Museum


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