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    Impact Hub, Cluj, 24.11.2017

    4. The energy efficiency of buildings is a necessity in Romania, ensuing from the contemporary needs of comfort and the directives of the European Union. In many cases these steps are applied without any discernment to historic buildings as well, without the appropriate methodology, technical norms, and materials (it is sufficient to think about the insulation of façades with polystyrene and the consequences thereof), along with the lack of professional capacity. The proposed topic discusses issues related to meeting this need for comfort without damaging heritage values, the impact of European directives, and to local efforts to increase adaptability to change.


    Andrei Ceclan, engineer, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Electrotechnical Department;

    Dorin Beu, PhD, engineer, president of the Romanian Green Building Council;

    Eugen Pãnescu, architect, Planwerk and the Architects’ Council of Europe

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    Impact Hub, Cluj, 2.11.2017

    3. The Revitalisation and Functional Reconversion of Historic Buildings

    Revitalising historic buildings, involving their functional reconversion, is not at all an easy task, given the need to adapt these constructions to contemporary functions and requirements. The process implies a constant negotiation between heritage values and functional needs. Exemplary case studies will be presented, as well as cases where, despite the best of intentions, all historical values of certain buildings have been destroyed.

    Guests: architects Silviu Aldea and Vlad Sebastian Rusu

    Moderator: architect Dan Clinci

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    Impact Hub, Cluj, 27.10.2017

    2. Industrial Heritage

    The Remar 16 February (railway workshop), the paper mill in Rozelor Park, the Florești Water Museum, the beer factory in Turda. ... Astounding buildings, some of which are today unused or do not have proper functions. Industrial heritage is undoubtedly neglected, although we have some beautiful examples regarding the conversion of these buildings. The topic “Industrial Heritage” offers for discussion multiple topics, such as presenting good examples of revitalisation works, awareness of the special value of these buildings (including their equipment and machinery), and formulating a few proposals for rethinking these spaces for the benefit of the community.

    Guest: Irina Iamandescu, architect, teacher, „Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest

    Moderator: Mihai Racu, architect

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    Impact Hub, Cluj, 26.10.2017

    1. Metropolitan Area – Reinventing Villages, Vernacular Heritage

    The built heritage of historic urban centres enjoys a certain degree of protection, while the peripheries and the and rural settlements in the outskirts are often neglected, a process that leads to the disappearance of traditional households, as they are replaced by modern buildings. The topic gives rise to discussions about the possibilities of preserving this heritage, knowledge, as well as regarding its revitalisation, so that they correspond to the way of life and standards of today’s society. At the same time, it is desirable to find solutions that would hinder the disappearance of essential cultural values, caused by tensions between traditional and modern, urban and rural.

    Guests: Furu Árpád, engineer; Péter Mónika, deputy mayor of Sâncraiu