The Memorable City

15 November 2012

Architects: Miruna Stroe and Ovidiu Taloş

The Memorable City reveals images of an ever changing architecture from the the perspective of the city´s main users: the citizens. The archive consists of a collection of personal memoirs that overlap and weave into a shared view. The images portray both the public spaces (streets, parks, squares, buildings, neighborhoods) and inhabitants in different moments in the past.

Constructii din elemente spatiale in Brasov, 1977. colectie Vasile

Constructions made out of spatial elements in Brasov, from the collection of Vasile Aldea, 1977

The project starts each year in the spring with a public campaign of gathering pictures from the private albums, followed in the autumn by a public exhibition. The three editions so far of our exhibition gathered around several thousands of images from the time period 1895-2011, coming from over 150 citizens.

So far the project organized three main exhibitions, retrospective exhibitions in Bucharest and Budapest, published an album and produced a documentary. In September 2013 OM will exhibit the fourth edition in addition to a conference on urban modernization.

The “Orașul Memorabil” (Memorable City, OM) project started in 2010, organized by the Romanian Chamber of Architects – the Brasov-Covasna-Harghita subsidiary, in order to raise the public awareness regarding the architecture of the city of Brasov.

The exhibition „Orasul Memorabil” shows the image of the city of Brasov from a lived perspective, as the collection of personal memoirs that overlap and weave a common view. The pictures in the exhibition have been part of private collections and reveal both the public space of Brasov (streets, parks, squares, buildings, neighbourhoods) and its inhabitants (and their families) in different moments in the past. Thus the project opens up to everybody, draws a large public attention and forms a culture of values regarding the build heritage.

The project starts each year in the spring with a public campaign of gathering pictures from the private albums, followed in the autumn by a public exhibition. The three editions so far of our exhibition gathered around several thousands of images from the time period 1895-2011, coming from over 150 citizens.

So far the project organized three main exhibitions, retrospective exhibitions in Bucharest and Budapest, published an album and produced a documentary. In September 2013 OM will exhibit the fourth edition in addition to a conference on urban modernization.