This project focuses on the centenary of architect Nicolae Porumbescu and it assumes a journalistic approach. The entire work of the architect is brought back into the present through modern photography, in an attempt to generate new and different discussions about a complex, powerful, praised, but also controversed lifework. The context, the corporality, the light, the people, time, the urban scale and that of obsessive detail, become elements of a photographic installation, that assumes both a documentary, and a sentimental nature.
Nicolae Porumbescu, October 19th,1919
The architectural destiny of architect Nicolae Porumbescu – Gipsy is closely related to the aesthetics of the traditional art, his style being a critical regionalism that arose from the specifics of the “place”. An admirer of Brunelleschi, Palladio, but also of Le Corbusier, Gipsy draws his essence from the traditional Romanian architecture. Since his student years, he has worked in studios of well-known architects (being the closest to Gh. Simotta) and he formed professionally in a classical spirit, but with modernist aspirations. In 1965 he leaves for Suceava and discoveres the outstanding archaic treasure from Bucovina and Maramureș. He has a revelation about his architectural destiny which will remain in close connection with the aesthetics of traditional art. In 1970 he became the head of the architecture department at the Construction Faculty from Iași, supported by his wife Maria Porumbescu. Gipsy took part in multiple architecture competitions in which he expressed his faith – “The right for architecture”. He designed and built heavily and through his works, he left a mark in the central areas of numerous cities. At Satu Mare he defined his work – the central ensemble – which, by his opinion, should have become a place of veneration. In the last years of his life, he retired to Suceava – the realm of his fulfillment.