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Romanian architecture and design at the New York Festival


Ecological solidarity and creative solutions: Romanian design in New York

The annual New York Design Festival returns this month with innovative projects proposed by leading names in the field.

Romania participates, with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York. The Romanian proposal belongs to the Atelier Ad Hoc studio in Bucharest (represented by architects George Marinescu and Maria Daria Oancea) and will be exhibited, along with ecologically and socially relevant design solutions advanced by architects and designers from eight other European countries, at Javits Center, one of the most important exhibition centers in New York, between May 15-17, 2022.

The Romanian project, signed by George Marinescu and Maria Daria Oancea, consists of a collage of experiments and research projects that show different ways of receiving public space at individual and collective level, as well as architectural and design solutions for those in situations below acceptable living standards.

Architects Maria Daria Oancea and George Marinescu

In addition to the exhibition itself, the designers and architects gathered in the ECO Solidarity project will take part in two debates on the relationship between architecture / design and environmental and social issues, in which they will talk at length about the solutions to these challenges. . Architects George Marinescu and Maria Daria Oancea will take part in a moderated debate by Simone Rothman, co-founder of FutureAir, which will take place on Sunday, May 15, starting at 11:30. More information here.

ECO Solidarity is a project of EUNIC New York realized together with WantedDesign, an influential platform for promoting design in New York, which aims to present some of the most interesting European solutions, inspired by the “Green New Deal” principles, in the field of architecture. , urbanism, product design and development, energy conservation and waste management, which try to respond creatively to the pressing ecological and social-community problems of today’s world. The ECO Solidarity Advisory Committee includes Jonsara Ruth, co-founder and design director of Parsons Healthy Material Labs, Simone Rothman, co-founder of FutureAir, and Laurence Carr, founder and CEO of Laurence Carr Inc.

Founded in 2015 by architects George Marinescu and Maria Daria Oancea as a dual practice consisting of a design studio and a non-governmental organization, Atelier Ad Hoc aims to reduce social and spatial vulnerability through architectural and design solutions applied to problems related to living spaces, living conditions and land use in urban areas.

One of the main objectives of the studio is to support vulnerable or marginalized communities, for which it seeks to develop intervention scenarios in addition to the policies and measures adopted by the local public administration.
Details about the ECO Solidarity project can be found here.

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