Razvan Tivu was born in 1989 and he is currently studying Architecture at UAUIM, Bucharest (University of Architecture and Urban Planning Ion Mincu). He is interested in developing an interdisciplinary approach to wasteland phenomenon. In his opinion, the landscape is that holistic concept which might provide conceptual links between various disciplines, ultimately transforming our understanding on sustainability. Attending many conferences on wasteland topic he is researching for some years the neglected land phenomenon, seeking for its deep cultural meanings, beside its limited position within urban policies.
In the summer of 2011, he joined an interdisciplinary workshop about industrial heritage of Suceava, north-east of Romania. The main task was the refurbishment/conversion of the first city water plant (a decayed structure) into a mixed-use office/cultural center (Architecture, Urban Culture and Landscape), and its integration within the city.
Towards the end of 2012, he attended the workshop for urban regeneration of Petrila, a shrinking city from Jiu Valley, south-west of Romania. As the mining industry falls down within the whole region, a state of neglect occurs over the small cities. However, Petrila has chosen to change its fate or at least trying to. The research brought up beside multidisciplinary analysis, some visions for the city, following to elaborate the solutions in a future stage.
The implicit links that emerge between wasteland and urban shrinkage highlight the multiple meanings of the derelict landscape and define a thought-provoking territory that informs Razvan’s approach in design; on a long term vision he believes that conceptualization of wasteland is already marking a gradual ‘paradigm shift’ in planning and design but it is still too subtle within the mainstream praxis.