Closing Conference

Bright Cityscapes culminates with publication launch and conference in Timișoara


The Bright Cityscapes program started with a research on the economic structure of Timișoara, coordinated by the sociologist Norbert Petrovici, which formed the basis of the cultural content proposed by the curator Martina Muzi and organized by FABER and the Politehnica University of Timișoara.

After a year full of events: conferences, exhibitions Mirroring the Ecosystem, Turn Signals—Design is not a Dashboard, Atlas of Distances, workshops and mediation programs, the Bright Cityscapes programme culminates with the closing conference and the launch of the Bright Cityscapes publication.

On November 8, we returned to the starting point of the program, when we were visiting the factories in Timișoara, and we organized the conference in one of the factories whose doors we managed to open at the beginning of the program, namely the AZUR factory.

The event is a very special one and had renowned international experts as guests, who shared different perspectives on the factors and vectors that contribute to the evolution of a city.

Each guest presented his own perspective on how a place like Timișoara can plan its future, i.e. reach its potential - having as a starting point its own professional practices, but also the content of the Bright Cityscapes program.

  • Joseph Grima, architect, critic, curator and editor. Creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven and co-founder of design research studio Space Caviar.
  • Saskia van Stein, freelance curator, moderator and educator. Former curator of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Director of the Master's program entitled The Critical Inquiry Lab, within the Design Academy Eindhoven
  • Norbert Petrovici, sociologist, anthropologist, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca. Coordinator of the research team of the Bright Cityscapes Program

Wednesday 8 November


Guided tour of the exhibition Turn Signals—Design is not a Dashboard at FABER, with curator Martina Muzi


Guided tour of the AZUR factory


Introduction by Florin Drăgan and Oana Simionescu


Lecture by Norbert Petrovici


Lecture by Saskia van Stein


Lecture by Joseph Grima




Round table moderated by Ștefan Ghenciulescu, with the participation of: Martina Muzi, Joseph Grima, Saskia van Stein, Norbert Petrovici, Simona Fiț

During the event, we also launched the Bright Cityscapes publication, which presents in depth the components of the Bright Cityscapes program and includes interviews with program coordinators, essays and interviews with designers and curator, insights from Norbert Petrovici's report and reflections on the collaboration between design and industry.


Azur Factory
Bulevardul Constructorilor 1–3
Timișoara 060506, Romania