Modern Industrial Heritage in Romania: Extending the Boundaries to Protect the Recent Past





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The term “Modern industrial heritage” is usually associated, in the Romanian context, directly with the 1920s-30s built legacy. This period is in fact commonly perceived as representative of the Romanian Modern Movement, in synchrony with the western Avant-garde. However, industrial traces even with modern influences were left on the national territory mostly by the 1945-89 Communist “forced industrialization.” The manifestation of the Communist industrial architecture was analyzed through the case study of Hunedoara Steelworks. It was also possible to investigate its destiny in the present context, dominated by a general resentment directed towards “political labeled” built environment. This analysis highlighted the vulnerability of the Romanian industrial heritage in the present context.

How to Cite

Tiganea, O. (2013). Modern Industrial Heritage in Romania: Extending the Boundaries to Protect the Recent Past. Docomomo Journal, (49), 82–85.





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Author Biography

Oana Tiganea, Politecnico di Milano

Oana Tiganea graduated in architecture at the Technical University of Cluj Napoca (Romania) in 2007. In 2010 she enrolled in the doctoral program in Preservation of Architectural Heritage at Politecino di Milano (Italy), and in November 2013 defended the PhD “Industrial Architecture in Communist Romania. Hunedoara: Construction and Destiny of a Major Steel Plant, 1947 – 1999” under the supervision of Professor Carolina Di Biase.


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