Democracy and participation, Arts and cultural activities



Who is behind this?

Who is joining forces?

Etnografic Museum of Trasylvania



Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

How can the rural areas around big cities in East Europe repopulate by keeping their traditions! We want to organize an alternative school in The Ethnographic Park of Transylvania bringing together architects, carpenters and locals for building 3 wood installations in relation with 3 existing houses in the museum. We see the museum as a mirror of the depopulated village. We search sustainable solutions for living in rural areas by facilitating unusual encountering between experts and locals.

Where will your idea take place?

The Ethnographic Park „Romulus Vuia”, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Why does Europe need your idea?

Work migration in Europe from East to West is still very present due to the loosening of democracy: coruption, low ballot presence, weak economy. The results are most visible in depopulates villages. We search for alternative solutions on repopulating these rural areas.

What is your impact?

More than 60 people from different groups (architects, sociologists, students, carpenters, locals) will interact because they built something together. The exhibition in the ethnographic park will raise awarness about depopulated rural areas and how they can be inhabited sustainable.

How do you get there?

1-Selecting 3 houses in the museum. 2.Searching for their stories in the original villages and we explore the 3 rural areas collecting stories from the inhabitants 3-Back from the villages we analize and make a visualisation of the collected data 4-Next to the 3 houses we organise a building workshop conducted by an architect, a carpenter from the area. The participants -
students and inhabitants of the villages 5-We open the exhibition showing the architectural installations and the stories.

What is your story?

During my chilhood the village gave me the space for first steps. I think that abandoning our rural areas means leaving behind our past, the stories of our grand parents and their knowledge. Now, as an architect, I feel indebed to give something back.

Who are you doing it for?

Public of the museum

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are searching for new partners interested in the topic of our project. So, feel free to drop a line with feedbac or proposal of collaboration!


Silviu Medesan

Anca Chis

Lavinia Gliga

Idea created on Jan. 10, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 16, 2018

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