The vernacular Neo-Romanian architecture

This video is a review of how the Neo-Romanian style had an echo, especially in the countryside, even as it was officially repudiated by the Romanian communist state, in the aftermath of the Second World War. The peasant communities experienced a time of relative prosperity from the 1950s until the 1970s, when the houses in the countryside were built in a vernacular manner, inspired from the now defunct urban Neo-Romanian architecture, which was however deeply imprinted within the national mindset, after an evolution of six decades, prior to its rejection by the communist regime. The podcast details how the Neo-Romanian style had a last and quite spectacular phase in the rural environment, which is practically an unknown chapter of architectural history.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Poo smelling problems in Bucharest’s historic houses

The sewerage system of central Bucharest, where most of its historic houses are located, is a century to a eight decades old, without much maintenance in the meanwhile, while the pipework of the old houses is again decrepit and leaking. That creates the unwelcome conditions to generating foul smell in many of those houses, who are now on the real estate market at unbelievable prices, odours felt even by passersby on the street. The human waste is thus improperly flushed, and the all prevalent poo smelling is in many instances a characteristic of Bucharest period houses. The authorities do not do much to address that problems, which would entitle huge public funds to overhaul and modernise the sewerages system, money they prefer to use in their political propaganda and pay kickbacks to political clients, while the house owners usually do not have the financial power to repair their building’s pipework. This video endeavours to inform you about this more esoteric problem, which can add important costs to the renovation/ restoration project of a historic house.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

In Romania you don’t have mineral rights for the ground under your property

The mining law in Romania stipulates that all mineral wealth under the soil is the exclusive property of the state. You, if you happen to have a house or field sitting on mineral ore deposits, like iron, gold, or coal, gas, oil, etc., then you don’t have any right to it, and run the risk to be easily expropriated by the state at meager market prices, losing a large part of your investment, effort and time invested in your property. The big problem, apart from outrightly excluding you from a stake in that wealth, is the fact that because of the prevalent corruption in Romania, those money will be in important part siphoned off and not used for the public good. This video discusses those conflicts, and the need to make an informed decision when you decide to buy a property in Romania, by paying attention to a lesser known aspect of the property legislation.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Architecturally rendered monograms

When one wanders in the old parts of a large town like Bucharest and has a keen eye for architectural details, is struck by the abundance of monograms on buildingfacades, gates, fences, on the interior architecture, furniture and a multitude of other locations. The monograms are the initials of the proprietor who built that edifice in the past, or added later to mark new proprietors, and represent an interesting identity marker and a design detail. This video presents monograms found within or without Bucharest buildings, on periods stretching from the 18th century, La Belle Epoque period, interwar period to even more modern times.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

The stock market bloodbath and the prices for historic houses

The international stock markets are wobbly, and some analysts are even predicting a new economic crisis akin to the one that shook the world a decade ago. How this volatility and eventual crisis will affect the prices for historic real estate in a country like Romania? This video discusses the specialist market segment for historic houses from a comparative perspective, making references to the past crisis.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Art Deco and Modernism in the Balkan capitals

The architecture of the 1930s, and the to a lesser extent of the 1940s, was characterised by an exuberance of Art Deco and Modernist style buildings in the capitals of the Balkan countries. Although the Balkans is a geographical unit, it is very fragmented as regards the national states, cultural and political traditions and rivalries. That is also reflected in the global architectural styles of the inter-war period, which had important local variations, depending of the political orientation and traditional links with the West of each capital. Bucharest was very much influenced by the French and Italian Art Deco and Modernism, while Sofia by the Italian and German ones, while Belgrade by the French and Central European ones, etc. This video charts those differences and approaches, giving an overall view to the architectural phenomenon in those tumultuous decades in the Balkan capitals.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

The Trinity concept in the Neo-Romanian style

The Neo-Romanian architectural style is the expression of the politics of national identity in architecture and decorative arts. It has an entire philosophy behind it, the main tenet being the resistance of the Romanian people against the onslaught of the great power of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle Ages and the early modern era. That is expressed in decorations highlighting the Christian identity of the Romanian lands, as opposed to the Islam of the Porte. The Holy Trinity is most abundantly represented or alluded to on a Neo-Romanian architecture building. This video details this architectural element and how it can be spotted or figured out on buildings in Romania’s national style.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Traditions of time keeping and wasting in Romania

Romania is a place where people and institutions are not very renowned for punctuality or keeping up the time. It is a sort of “mañana” land, a characteristic imprinted by its former Ottoman provinces of Wallachia, where the capital is, and Moldavia. There is an important exception to that, in Transylvania, namely in Saxon Transylvania, with its famous medieval fortified churches, nearly all, even in small villages, provided with clocks since centuries ago, for people to order their daily life and conduct efficient business. Now those clocks and architecture that goes with them are museum pieces, a witness of a long gone era when western work ethics were the norm in that region. This video details and maps up traditions of time keeping and wasting in the Romanian lands, with a special focus on Saxon Transylvania.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Buzau old high street

A presentation of the old commercial street of the town of Buzay in southeast Romania. Its origins date back from the Ottoman times, and it is still retaining an Oriental character. The architecture is still on large portions in Little Paris style, the ornate facades and wrought iron balcony, in provincial fashions typical of the prosperous years of the La Belle Epoque period.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.

Buzau Commune Palace

Buzau Commune Palace (Palatul Comunal, in Romanian) is a beautiful major piece of public architecture in the early Neo-Romanian style. Its designer is arch. Alexandru Savulescu, and was built between 1899-1903. It exhibits particular characteristics, such as a round/ multifaceted tower, enfilade galleries on the ground level and Art Nouveau overtones. It is one of the amplest edifices in the entire country in the early phase of Romania’s national style.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.