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Bertinoro, Italy

Thermal town between rationalism and Roman inspiration

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Castrocaro, Italy

Illusory beauty

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Cesenatico, Italy

Town of holiday camps

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Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria

Between modernism and Stalinist architecture

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Forlì, Italy

Showcase of modernity – a story of contradictions

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Forlimpopoli, Italy

Urban regeneration

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Iasi, Romania

Modern and ancient, side by side

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Labin, Croatia

Industrial mining town in transformation

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Predappio, Italy

From pilgrim destination to site of critical reflection

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Rasa, Croatia

Between Istrian tradition and modern architecture

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Architectural landmarks from two different periods

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Torviscosa, Italy

Town of autarchy and cellulose

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Tresigallo, Italy

Planned town dedicated to agricultural industry

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Traces of two regimes

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Tirana, Albania

A mosaic of architectural styles

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Ferrara, Italy

Rationalist traces in a Renaissance city


Modern and ancient, side by side

Iasi, Romania

Iasi, one of the oldest cities in Romania, boasts a major architectural heritage from the totalitarian Communist regime, right next to Orthodox churches and synagogues.

Demolishing power

For the Romanian Communist regime (1948-1989), architecture was an important tool of propaganda. Nicolae Ceauşescu (1965-1989) carried out a vast program of urban planning. ‘New cities for new men’ was the idea behind the demolition and subsequent reconstruction of many urban central areas. Huge housing blocks characterised the new townscapes, providing modern living standards for the masses.

Inspired by modern European architecture

Iasi’s historic city centre totally changed appearance. Some historical buildings were demolished and replaced with new buildings. The new constructions were inspired by contemporary trends of modern European architecture, such as rationalism and functionalism. Within an area of only 200 m2, there is a major concentration of a large number of examples of modern architecture: the Prefecture, various large blocks of flats, particularly those of the Union Square Ensemble, the Student’s Culture House and the Luceafarul Theatre.