Progressing Conservation Practices

Romania has a strong Saxon heritage, which is demonstrated in the local architecture of villages in Transylvania. This project addresses the many conservation issues facing these villages in the preservation of their heritage, including:

  • a declining village population and movement to urban centres¹
  • a risk of natural disasters²
  • lack of monitoring or control of architecture preservation²
  • lack of care and civic initiative on behalf of local communities²
  • a lack of awareness or concern on behalf of the individual in respect to heritage values and preservation issues.²

Article 25 volunteer, Julia Brunning, won a RIBA/ICE McAslan bursary to lead a team surveying historic buildings in Transylvania, engaging local residents and providing the NGO with a methodology to better preserve the vernacular Saxon heritage.

A final report was produced titled “Whose heritage are we restoring?” to provide guidance on approaches to public participation in the revival of the villages.

The report, completed in November 2007, advocates sustainable and effective conservation planning for the restoration of Saxon architecture, improvement of community facilities and economic development through continued involvement of local communities.

¹On behalf of the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Social Impact of Emigration and Rural-Urban Migration in Central and Eastern Europe, Romania 2012
²International Council on Monuments and Sites, Romania, 2002