Coordinator: Professor Stefano Francesco Musso

III° workshop on Conservation

organized by:
“Faculty of Architecture” of the University of Genoa (Italy)
“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest (Romania)


Bucharest (Romania) - October 06-09, 2011.

3rd EAAE Conservation Workshop Bucharest 2011.pdf
EAAE ENHSA Network on Conservation.pdf

The III° workshop on conservation (after the II° - Ireland, September 2009) proposes to explore the contribution that conservation/restoration disciplines can offer to the urban life of the future and to the regeneration of our present towns.

The workshop follows the same experimental format adopted in Ireland. Participants are asked, through the medium of a real site, to reflect on some key issues that impact on conservation/restoration practices and theory and on how these may be explored in teaching. The aim is to create a challenging, dynamic and interactive atmosphere able to stimulate the participants’ reflective papers to be written after the event.

The working language of the Workshop is English.

The general subject

The workshop addresses the neighborhoods of modernism, acknowledging that all our European towns have a valuable urban and architectural heritage built in the last part of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century: a heritage that is currently confronted with new contemporary requirements, opportunities and serious risks.

The real context for the workshop will be a modernist borough of Bucharest also assumed as a metaphor of other similar cases in several European towns.

Workshop issues

Three inter-connected issues are put forward for consideration:

  1. The theoretical/methodological approach to the problems of conservation/ regeneration of modern parts of the cities, with regard to its different levels and disciplinary aspects.
  2. The urban planning, management, economic and social aspects of the question with special regard to tutorship and development.
  3. The design/project and process to intervene on single buildings, with all their technical contents, goals and criteria.

Scientific commitee

Call for abstracts

You are invited to prepare an abstract (maximum 300 words) for a paper regarding one of the selected issues within the general goals of the workshop. The abstracts are finalized to collect the declarations of interest in attending the workshop and to understand how the participants want to focus on the different proposed issues and aspects of the problem.

Therefore, we kindly ask you to indicate: which of the three over mentioned general issues your abstract mainly wants to focus on, author(s)’s name (s), affiliation and contact details, title and keywords (maximum five).

All abstracts and final papers should be written in English or French.

The final paper should be, in any case, explicitly related to the site in Bucharest and to the workshop experience, even if it is of course allowed any reference to previous authors’ experiences and to other contexts referred to the workshop themes and goals.

You will find, attached to this Call, a short presentation of the workshop. Additional documentation (documents and pictures illustrating the site) will be soon available to be downloaded from the EAAE website and you will be informed about that.

Abstracts should be sent, within June 27th 2011, to:

Professor Stefano F. Musso, Faculty of Architecture of the University of Genoa,
Stradone di S. Agostino, 37 -16123 GENOVA (Italy)

The steps

  1. May 2011: First Call for Participation.
  2. June 27st, 2011: Submission of abstracts on workshop issues (as a preliminary application that allows us to pre-book the hotels)
  3. July 15th, 2011: Communication to the authors: acceptance of the abstracts
  4. September 9th, 2011: Registration deadline using the Application Forms that will be sent to the authors (or downloaded from the EAAE web-site: - payment should be made by bank transfer or cash at time of registration.
  5. October 6th-9th, 2011: The Workshop. Exploration of the workshop issues in the context of the chosen site. Participants (in small groups) examine the site and prepare a statement on its significance and about how the themes refer to the integrated conservation issues involved. Statements are presented to the workshop assembly to be articulated into key points for teaching conservation.
  6. February, 2012: deadline for papers presentation (max 15.000 characters, plus images) for review by the Scientific Committee.
  7. Communication to the authors by the Scientific Committee will follow.
  8. Review of papers on the basis of observations of the Scientific Committee.
  9. Publication of the Proceedings: end 2012/beginning 2013.

Workshop schedule

DAY 1 – Thursday afternoon (October 6th, 2011)

14:00 Participants’ registration – UAUIM, Frescos’ Hall lobby
15:00 Frescos’ Hall. Welcoming speeches: prof. Emil Barbu Popescu, President of UAUIM; dr. Sorin Oprescu, Mayor of Bucharest
15:30 Introductory session – prof. Loughlin Kealy (University College Dublin, Ireland), prof. Stefano Musso (Università di Genova, Italy)

Presentation of the themes and report on the accepted abstracts – prof. Rodica Crișan (UAUIM Bucharest, Romania), prof. Giovanna Franco (Università di Genova, Italy)

16:10 Presentation of the study area (lectures) – part 1:
  • The history and the urban characteristics of the area – prof. Nicolae Lascu (UAUIM Bucharest, Romania)
  • The architecture of the area – prof. Mihaela Criticos (UAUIM Bucharest, Romania)
16:50 – 17:20 Coffee break
17:20 – 18:00 Presentation of the study area (lectures) – part 2:
  • The planning system and instruments in Romania and their evolution with a focus on historic city areas – prof. Gabriel Pascariu (UAUIM Bucharest, Romania)
  • The protected areas within the study area, between theory and practice – prof. Anca Brătuleanu (UAUIM Bucharest, Romania)
18:00 – 18:40 Discussions. Organization of the working groups.
20:00 Social dinner offered by UAUIM

DAY 2 – Friday (October 7th, 2011)

9:00 Organized visit of the study area (meeting point: UAUIM portico)
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 18:30 Working groups – on site and at UAUIM
18:30 Free evening
The organizers propose you a night at the Operetta in Bucharest (musical, starting at 19.00).
The dinner is not covered by the workshop, but a common program can be organized.

DAY 3 – Saturday (October 8th, 2011)

9:00 Visit to Mogoșoaia Palace (meeting point: UAUIM portico)
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 19:30 Back in Bucharest. Working groups at UAUIM: reflection, discussion and sedimentation; elaboration of final statements on different topics and problems related to the site (each group prepares a short synthetic PowerPoint presentation)
20:00 Social dinner

DAY 4 – Sunday morning (October 9th, 2011)

9:00 UAUIM, Fresco’s Hall. Final session – moderators: Loughlin Kealy (University College Dublin, Ireland), prof. Stefano Musso (Università di Genova, Italy)

Presentation of the final statements by each working group.

10:30 – 11:30 Discussions - moderators: prof. Giovanna Franco (Università di Genova, Italy), prof. Rodica Crișan (UAUIM Bucharest, Romania)
11:30 – 12:00 Workshop conclusion: selection of key points for teaching conservation in architectural education; indications for final papers – prof. Loughlin Kealy (University College Dublin, Ireland), prof. Stefano Musso (Università di Genova, Italy)

Participation fee

The fee for the workshop is 390 euro. This covers the costs of: three night accommodation (with breakfast), coffee breaks, 2 lunches, one social dinner, the trip to Mogosoaia Palace, participant’s bag and the publication of the proceedings.

The workshop fee for participants who wish to arrange their own accommodation is 250 euro. This includes: coffee breaks, lunches, social dinner, trip to Mogosoaia Palace, participant’s bag and publication of the proceedings. A list of places offering accommodation and of restaurants in the area will be provided.

Further information will be published soon on the EAAE web site ( and disseminated by mail, together with the registration forms after the acceptance of the abstracts.

Participants who wish to arrive before Thursday or stay on after Sunday must make their own arrangements for accommodation for extra nights.

All participants will receive a copy of the published proceedings