Date of Award

Spring 6-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Hansy Better Barraza


Post-communism life in Romania is a duality: people fleeting the country in search of a better life and the simultaneous shrinking cities due to this migration. The built fabric of the city holds distorted nostalgia for those who have left and the burning reality that surrounds the ones that remain. It results in popular villages and cities starting to be abandoned at a massive rate. The migrant story in search of a new life cultivates a journey of loneliness, sacrifice, and sorrow.This thesis will shine light on the physiological effects of mass migration in Romania through satirical editing and storytelling, acting as a fresh breath of air. Located in Bucharest, the thesis attempts to make the thoughts, emotions, and journey of the migrant physical in the city bringing attention to existing political realities of a dual existence. In exploring the portals of inhabitation in a dismantling manner, it is crucial to understand how time affects our overall self and the tectonic spaces that are in front of us by bringing necessary light to them.Understanding both perspectives of the same story is crucial to fully move forward. In reconnecting and understanding that culture plays a big part in the people that we are today; we shouldn’t forget the moments that have shaped us. It truly is the silenced voice that has been waiting to speak up. .

Included in

Architecture Commons



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