Architectural rebirth


In Bucharest on the corner of Dem Dobrescu Street (Strada Dem I. Dobrescu) near Revolution Square (Piaţa Revoluţiei) is the headquarters of the Romanian Architects Union (sediul Uniunii Arhitectilor din Romania (UAR)) built inside the ruined building of the secret police (Direcţia V Securitate), which used to be the embassy of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Photo and back-story of the original building (English).

Architects: Dan Marin, Zeno Bogdanescu
Construction Engineers: Popp & Asociatii
Contractor: ACMS (project page)

Details about the design of Architects Union HQ from the website of the Mies Architecture Prize: pdf or html. (via Urbarama)

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Public Payphones



300510_Bucharest Random0028, originally uploaded by Damian_B.


Telephone, originally uploaded by Roddy Murray.

I guess a good photo can make anything worth looking at.

Papanaşi


Papanaşi, originally uploaded by alberto_d.

Don’t lick your computer monitor. Doughnuts with sweet cheese, sourcream and jam (papanaşi cu brânză dulce, smântână și dulceață).

Colorful life of Maramureş


People of Maramureş 1, originally uploaded by Pappe.

“Bucharestless” trailer


And now for something different!

“Trailer for a city-vérité conceptual movie shot in Bucharest, Romania.”

Via Romania Business Insider.

’round and ’round we go…forever


Colentina/Doamna Ghica intersection

Bucharest's Colentina/Doamna Ghica intersection, photographer unknown

Was planning to post a Flickr photo, but instead I am sharing this photo posted by Bucharest Life. Click through to his blog post about it.

Fortune Teller man


 

300510_Bucharest Random0008, originally uploaded by Damian_B.

Don’t worry, I hadn’t forgotten to include photos of the people in Romania.

So…who is this man? Do you know anything about him? Is that some sort of music-making device he’s holding? And is this photo of the same man?

rock formations


One of the several rock formations in the Bucegi Mountains (Munţii Bucegi). The English wikipedia page is very sparse, but the Romanian wiki page has a lot to say about them.

let’s play in the mud volcanoes


Back to life, originally uploaded by Camelia Arsene.

Two more worthwhile photos.

The Berca Mud Volcanoes (vulcanii noroioși) are a geological and botanical reservation in Buzău County where gases erupt through 3000 meters (10,000 ft) of underground clay and salt water. Read more.

zoom zoom zoom! on the Transfăgărăşan


Trans Fagarasan, originally uploaded by D.LOS.

An oft-photographed piece of Romania, it would seem, the Transfăgărăşan road (“over the Făgăraş Mountains”)
came into some fame in 2009 on Top Gear, the car-centric British tv show. (You can do a Google search to watch a video or clips of that episode.) Here’s another good photo of it.

  • 90 km (60 mi) of twists and turns
  • climbs to 2,034 metres (6673 ft) altitude
  • average speed is around 40 km/h (25 mph)
  • cost: 6 million kilograms (13 million lbs) of dynamite and the lives of 40 soldiers due to construction accidents

According to the internet: “Transfagarasan road is (officially) open from July 1st to Nov 1st. It is closed during the night.”

Personally, I would feel safer in that cable car (telecabină). Plus, it looks like fun.

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