List including all the relevant reading material I managed to collect while in Manchester but also during my field research in Romania. Many of the titles are suggestions of various tutors within the university whose areas of research include the Soviet City, Film Theory, Cultural and Media Studies. Although I managed to go through some of the main titles, there is still plenty to explore.

  • The Post-SocialistCity  – Marina Dmitrieva, Alfrun Kliems 
  • Filmul surd in Romania muta: politica si propaganda in filmul romanesc de fictiune (1912-1989)  – Cristian Tudor Popescu
  • The Inconstruction for an Ethical Architecture – Bogdan Ghiu
  • Istoria Bucurestilor – Constantin Giurescu
  • Arhitectura Bucurestilor Incotro? – Dinu C. Giurescu
  • Strazi vechi din Bucurestiul de azi – Alexandru Ofrim
  • The House of the People – Andrei Pandele
  • Bucharest, from the village to metropolis: urban identity and new trends – Giuseppe Cina
  • Architecture in the communist project. Romania1944 – 1989 – Ana Maria Zaharide
  • Romania si comunismul: o istorie ilustrata – Dinu C. Giurescu, Alexandru Ştefănescu, Ilarion Ţiu,
  • Evolutia orasului Bucuresti – Andrei Panoiu
  • Bulevardele Bucurestiului – Nicolae Lascu
  • Arhitectura si Putere – Augustin Ioan
  • Un salvator al monumentelor de arhitectura – Eugeniu Iordachescu
  • Bucuresti 2000 – International Urban Planning Competition
  • Iconography of Power: Soviet Political Posters under Lenin and Stalin (Studies on the History of Society and Culture)
  • Critical Discourse Analysis: the critical study of language –  Norman Fairclough
  • The Edifice Complex: The Architecture of Power –  Deyan Sudjic
  • Socialist Spaces: Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc –  David Crowley, Susan E. Reid 
  • Cities after the Fall of Communism: Reshaping Cultural Landscapes and European Identity –  Blair A. Ruble; John J. Czaplicka,  Nida Gelazis
  • Havana beyond the Ruins: Cultural Mappings after 1989 –  Anke Birkenmaier, Esther Whitfield 
  • HavanaProject: Architecture Again – International Conference on Architecture, Havana, Cuba –  Peter Noever 
  • Recombinant Urbanism: Conceptual Modeling in Architecture, Urban Design and City Theory –  David Grahame Shane
  • Narrative Architecture: Architectural Design Primers series –  Nigel Coates
  • Architecture and Narrative: The Formation of Space and Cultural Meaning –  Sophia Psarra
  • Archigram: Architecture without Architecture –  Simon Sadler
  • Archigram –  Peter Cook
  • Questions of Space – Bernard Tschumi
  • Manifestos – Bernard Tschumi
  • Architecture and Disjunction – Bernard Tschumi
  • The ManhattanTranscripts – Bernard Tschumi
  • The sphere and the labyrinth: avant-gardes and architecture from the Piranesi to the 1970s – Manfredo Tafuri

  • The city and the moving image: urban projection – Richard Koeck
  • The Cinematic city – David B. Clarke
  • Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture – Christian Norberg – Schulz
  • Urban Scenography – Adam Kolodziej
  • The creative city: a toolkit for urban innovators – Charles Landry
  • Imagining cities: scripts, signs and memories– English Published London : Routledge 1996
  • Cinema and the city: film and urban societies in a global context – Mark Shiel, Tony Fitzmaurice
  • Cinematic urbanism: a history of the modern from reel to real – Nezar AlSayyad
  • The cinema of Eisenstein – Robert Robertson
  • The city of collective memory: its historical imagery and architectural entertainments – M. Christine Boyer
  • Architecture as image-space-text + Film as Architectural Critique: the ‘city-in-pieces’ by three British avant-garde filmmakers – Betty Nigianni
  • Early Soviet cinema: innovation, ideology and propaganda – David Gillespie
  • Movies for the Masses  Denise Youngblood
  • Constructivism in Film:  The Man with a Movie Camera – Vlada Petric
  • The Cinema of Eisenstein – David Bordwell
  • Montage Eisenstein – Jacques Aumont
  • Signs and Meaning in the Cinema – Peter Wollen
  • Toward a Structural Psychology of Cinema – John M. Carroll
  • The Film Form – Essays in Film Theory – Sergei Eisenstein
  • The Film Sense – Sergei Eisenstein
  • Montage and Architecture – Sergei Eisenstein (essay)
  • Word and Image – Sergei Eisenstein (essay)
  • Concepts in Film Theory – Dudley Andrew
  • Film Theory: An Introduction – Robert Lapsey and Michael Westlake
  • Kino – Eye: The writings of Dziga Vertov – Dziga Vertov 
  • Atlas of Emotion – Giuliana Bruno
  • Site-Seeing: Architecture and the Moving Image – Giuliana Bruno

Film-making workshop

Yesterday I attended my first film-making workshop – a fantastic introduction into the world of cinema in terms of theory and practice. The next sessions will focus on the techniques of writing, filming and editing and will culminate with the completion of our own film project.

Since I am particularly interested in the technique of montage, a few more titles were suggested to my current list:

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

M (1931)

Psycho (1960)

Run Lola Run (1998)

Touch of Evil (1955)

Let the fun begin!

Symposium tickets

3rd May, Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

Tickets are available for the MA in Architecture and Urbanism symposium.

The event will bring together an exciting programme of speakers who will debate the issue of consumption within the complex organism of the city.

For tickets and further information follow the link

Caribbean Winter School 2012

Earlier this year I was selected to attend the 3rd Caribbean Winter School in Havana, Cuba.

One of the main reasons for my visit was to research and grasp a clearer understanding of how Havana’s urban fabric has been manipulated while under a similar socialist regime to the one Romania was subjected to prior to the 89’ revolution.

While there we also had the opportunity to get involved in a project which proposed the redesign of a local community centre aiming for the existing crafts such as pottery and metal works to be reintegrated in the every-day life of the locals. Identity, Legibility and Modularity were the key concepts that inspired our final design output.

Below are a few snaps of our final presentation.



During the past weeks I had the honor to meet and interview an amazing set of people as part of my research stage:


Florin Serbanescu –  historian and Patriarchal Counselor Priest

Bogdan Ghiu  – award-winning poet, cultural critic, theorist (literature, media, art, architecture) and essayist for Architext Magazine

Eugeniu Iordachescu – structural engineer, designer of the ‘translation technique’

Maria Duda – architect and tutor at the Faculty of Architecture ‘Spiru Haret’ University

Nicolae Margineanu – film director, script writer and actor

Dinu Giurescu – historian, academician and professor


They offered me great insights into the further development of my project and had the patience to go with me through my very long list of questions…

Thank you all for agreeing to be a part of this!



Special Issue of Architectural Design on post-traumatic urbanism, concluding a four year research project on ‘questions about how trauma permeates the social cultural and political sphere into which architecture projects. ‘ By looking at the notion of  ‘trauma’ as a cathartic spectacle, an act of purification of the urban tissue rather than something to be dealt with, resolved, a new attitude emerges. A range of politically scarred sites such as Libya or Lebanon set the scene for the analysis.

‘The creative dimensions of conflict especially the politicisation of design as ‘partiality’ – that is something producing parts and distinctions of the common is explored through a series of contributions that range from an account of the formative democratic moment in Sophocles’ Antigone (Benjamin), to the Bush doctrine of pre-emption (Massumi) and the rehearsal of urban catastrophe in contemporary cinema (Fisher).’

According to Adrian Lahoud‘s lecture on the Mediterranean Laboratory, a summary on the post-traumatic ethos emerges in point form:

1.Thesis on failure

“We learn most about something at the point of its collapse”

2.Thesis on reality and endurance

“An object is only as strong as the network it is installed within”

3.Thesis on vulnerability

“Instability trains a system to adapt and increases its resilience ”

(Also known as the thesis on capital)

4.Thesis on pre-emption and temporal inconsistency

“The aftermath arrives before the event and forms its sufficient reason”

5.Thesis on blind spots

“The political dimension of any system is its blind spot.”

6.Thesis on scale as problematic

“Scale is a mode of problem posing. It refers to the binding of near and far, strong and weak, small and large. It is always conflated, always paradoxical.”

7.Thesis on calculated provocation

“If collapse reveals the truth of the object, then disturbance is an epistemological strategy

8.Thesis on unbinding problems and absolving complexity

“There are more non-relations than relations”

9.Thesis of reciprocity

“The problem conditions the part, the part conditions the problem”

10.Thesis on the political agency of networks

“There is more force in a question than an answer.”

More information can be found here.

Peter Wilson Lecture



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