Lectures: Citizens, University and the City

The discussion will start from the results of the study “Citizens and Resilience in Bucharest”, which was developed in the context of the Master of Urban Design (MAUD), Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA), University of Sheffield, in the academic year 2019-2020. Tutors, students and partners studio with invited practices will reflect on the role of civic University and will question its potential to transform society.


18.30-18.37: Beta organizers introduction (including the introduction of the speakers).
18.37 – 18.44: Doina Petrescu (aaa) – introducing the studio ‘Citizen and Resilience Bucharest’ educational project.
18.44 – 18.51: Tom Moore – research methods used in the studio and in other case studies, such as ‘Live Works’.
18.51 – 18.58: Lara Scharf and Noelia Botana – Engaged pedagogy: the students´ perspective [Co-Producing In-Between Practices, Bucharest, Romania]
18.58 – 19.05:  Felicia Ienculescu Popovici (Green Mogo) – speaking about the pedagogical practice from both perspectives, as initiator and as a case study.
19.05 – 19.12: Andreas Lang (Public Works) – illustrating the relation between an engaged education and an engaged practice working with local communities.
19.12 – 19.19: Daniela Calciu (ATU) – reflecting on the position of an insider/outsider between academia and practice, through the case study of ‘Urban Education Live’ project.
19.20 – 20.15: Moderated discussion (by Alex Axinte) with the 7 speakers
20.15 – 20.30: Q&A from the audience

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Alex Axinte is an architect, living and working in Bucharest. In 2006 Alex co-founded studioBASAR both as an architecture studio and a spatial practice for the production of public and community space. Currently Alex is a PhD student at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA), University of Sheffield, working as an independent researcher from an intermediary possition between applied research, engaged education, participatory design and civic activation.

Andreas Lang is the co-founder of public works, a non-profit critical design practice that occupies the terrain between art, architecture and research. Working with an extended network of interdisciplinary collaborators, public works aims to re-work spatial, social and economic opportunities towards citizen-driven development and improved civic life. He is currently course leader of the MArch in Architecture at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design (London).

Doina Petrescu is Professor of Architecture and Design Activism at the University of Sheffield.  Her research concerns issues of urban resilience in relation with urban commons, co-production, feminism and politics of space. Her publications include Architecture and Resilience (2018), The Social (re)Production of Architecture (2017), Altering Practices: Feminist Politics and Poetics of Space (2007) and Architecture and Participation (2005).

Doina Petrescu is also co-founder, together with Constan­tin Petcou, of atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa), a collective platform which conducts explorations, actions and research con­cerning participative architecture, resilience and cities’ co-produced transformation. aaa’s projects have received international recogni­tion and numerous awards across the years including the  Building4Humanity Resilient Design Competition (2018), The Innovation in Politics Award for Ecology (2017).

Felicia Ienculescu-Popovici is director of Greeninitiaves Association and event coordinator at Green Mogo Center, one of the most green buildings in Romania.

She is the initiator of the platform Green schools and co-author of the program and  basic exercise notebooks for the optional subject Eco education for Green schools, she tried to find a type of eco education suitable for the educational system in Romania.

Her activity was rewarded with the Women of Courage Award by the USA Embassy in Bucharest and the Roger Léron Award by FEDARENE,  Federația Europeană a Agențiilor și Regiunilor pentru Energie și Mediu. In 2011 she participated at the prestigious programme of The Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program, section dedicated to climate change  and clean energy.

Lara has recently completed an MA in Urban Design at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA). Coming from Cyprus, her research and practice revolves around the exploration of the role of spatial practice in contexts of conflict and spatial inequality. She has previously worked as an architect and has participated in multiple competitions.

Noelia Botana has recently completed an MA in Urban Design at Sheffield School of Architecture through a Chevening Scholarship. Her background is in architecture, with previous experience in design and teaching in the public and private sector in Uruguay. Her research interest relates to the role of design practice in addressing social-spatial inequalities in developing countries.

Tom is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded PhD candidate at Sheffield School of Architecture (SSOA). His research explores spatial educational practices between the university and the city and uses his practice with Live Works, SSOA’s Urban Room, as a laboratory of experimentation.

Daniela CALCIU is director of development of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, and assisting professor at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism. She carries action research projects and grassroots initiatives for participatory local development, as member of the Association for Urban Transition since 2007.