Name, first nameReinhard SchmidtYear of birth1987UniversityZHDKField of Interest / research fieldCommunication Design / Visual CommunicationTitle of projectRomanian palaces: architectural typologies and it's originsAbstractSince the Romanian revolution in 1989 and the following new economic development, working class people built a lot of houses primarily for representative purposes. Most well-known for these building are roma people, whose „palaces“ dominate the public view of the phenomenon. Nevertheless they´re not the only ones doing so and there are entire other regions well-known and admired for their expressive constructions and wealth. However, in contrast to other fellow citizens, the Roma experience little social and legislative acceptance for this.

As newly-rich architecture exists in every country and is supposedly a social and not ethnical phenomenon, the work aims to broaden the previously limited representation with a more differentiated approach, leading to a more contextualized understanding and also, increased acceptance of the Romas' positioning within the entire phenomenon.

Therefore the project seeks to examine the architectural typology and by doing so, the underlying „plan“ and it's origins, may they be societal, historical or actor-caused, with means of visual ethnography. Special attention is therefore laid on how to argue visually and inquire further self-created footage from field research.
TutorsProf. Dr. Sarah Owens; Alex Hanimann
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