As usual, the foreign guests and the Romanian guests were selected by relevance to their current architecture activity, certified by prizes and awards. The interventions from the conference approached two complementary angles, the presentations of projects and the phenomenological questioning.
The special guests gave us exceptional experiences through postindustrial landscapes by Peter Latz, the sublime architecture of greenhouses and botanical gardens of Peter van der Toorn Vrijthoff, the new architecture of excellent quality from Poland, brought to us by Andrzej Bulanda and Krzysztof Ingarden, the refinement and innovation from Spain brought by Maria Gonzalez and Juan Coll-Barreu, good news from Turkey from Gül Güven and many others. The dedicated and young Romanian architecs established a successful perspective of their projects. Constantin Gorcea, Adrian Spirescu, Călin Alexandru, Vlad Drăghescu, Marius Lucian Luţă, Liviu Marian Fabian, Ştefan Paskucz, Eugen Pănescu, Szabolcs Korodi and many others pointed out their projects from the area of architecture and public space.
The recent actions of the Order of Architects from Bucharest branch, coordinated by Şerban Sturdza, were presented by Vlad Cătună and Tudor Elian. Their common denominator is the appeal to the communities from neighbourhoods. The teachers Alexandru Sandu, who invokes the absence of the consistent research in urbanism, and Tiberiu Florescu, who describes the rising of the urban school from Bucharest, producing needed specialists but who are not hired; the chief architect of Bucharest, Gheorghe Pătrașcu and Vera Marin who revealed the urgent need for a radical change regarding the urban planning legislationș they say that the city of Bucharest does not take advantage of the benefits and economical context in which they pass.
I tried to add my conclusions about the Romanian environment which forms and influences the quality of construction. We are no longer in transition, the situation is stabilized, but in a bad way, but we also need a transformation which implies the complete rethinking of the construction processes and a new legislative packege that will not be just the patching of the existent one as new failures and slippage lead to practices that are completely undesirable. I have announced that the Order of Architects of Romania invited and received answers from professional associations of engineers and from construction contractors to rejoin the efforts of creating a new framework for construction. This conference was a perfect opportunity to argue and relay this important decision for the following period.
Arch. Peter van der Toorn VRIJTHOFF, Special Guest, Partner at ALLDESIGN, The Netherlands
I was surprised that Warsaw was an interesting city but Bucharest is also an interesting city. If you walk outside, it has the athmosphere of Paris, and even the athmosphere of Budapest. I think it is an invitation to come back for a few days in Bucharest. For the Master Class, I calculated that it was one hour and a little bit and in that time all kind of information were coming up, so I found out that I have to be more disciplined. The feedback at the university was fantastic. Everything was ok.
Arch. Andrzej BULANDA, Guest Speaker, Principal of Bulanda Mucha Architects, Poland
I admired the hospitallity and the additional program and I am looking foreward for the discussion of tomorrow and I am open to give the next lecture next year. I think that the level of the presentations, due to the level of the subjects were very spread out, from architecture to teaching. I think everyone could find everything for himself.
Arch. Krzysztof INGARDEN, Keynote Speaker, president of Ingarden & Ewy Architects, Poland
It was a big pleasure to come to the conference. It’s my first visit to Bucharest so I am very excited to be here and for the architecture conference in which I could understand some of the problems your architects have and your urban planners have. Some of them are quite similar with what we experience in Poland, so we can understand the situation. I am really fascinated with the city, with the organization of the conference and with the architecture. I think the presentations were coherent. I would like to see more from contemporan architecture in Bucharest and Romania, because of many subject touching the urban problems and planning problems.
Arch. Gül GÜVEN, Guest Speaker, Founder VEN Architecture, Turkey
I am happy to be here. It is a good and big organization. There are three conferences in Bucharest, Warsaw and Budapest and I attended only two conferences and it is a beautiful experience.
Mrs. Carmen Pascu, Aluprof Romania
It is a very well organized conference from start to finish. Everything was organized including the continuity, lunch, coffee break, everything was super. Generally, the contact and the relationships with people are very helpful, because, in the end, beyond the sites, presentations and leaflets, what matters is the contact with the participants, speakers and with people in general.
Mrs. Petra Takacova, AGC GLASS EUROPE
This is the first time we are main partners at INGLASS, I never participated before at INGLASS and I can only compare with the May INGLASS in Warsaw. Here, in Bucharest, there are more partners, it is more crowded here in the corridor, there were more people at the beginning of the program. We were pleased that there were people and that many architects came and they were interested.
Arch. Juan Coll-Barreu, Guest Speaker, Director at Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Spain
I liked the conference. I must congratulated the organizers for their perfect organization and for the congress. This was a very good thing, because the speakers were relaxed and they were feeling very well. I think the models between the speakers and the responses are good, because there are a lot of interesting topics. I enjoyed to present and I think that four or five minutes of feedback included in the presentation would have improved our presentation, the topics.