Dynamics of Romanian Modernism: The Case of Cezar Lăzărescu
Cezar Lăzărescu’s architectural works, developed along the Romanian Black Sea littoral during the 1950s-1960s, accurately reproduce in their succession the professional convolutions required by a politically driven transition from a Socialist Realist historicist style to a high-modernist one.
Accompanying the exhibition Enchanting Views: Romanian Black Sea Tourism Planning and Architecture of the 1960s and ’70s the presentation of Cezar Lăzărescu’s case helps explaining how those enchanting views became possible and how did Cezar Lăzărescu helped preparing this inwardly oriented myth of the Romanian littoral. Furthermore, as the littoral projects launched Lăzărescu on his path to become probably the most successful architect of 20th century Romania, the presentation will also focus on how his littoral experience helped him acquire several lessons to be applied throughout his career.
Alex Răuță is an architect, a graduate of the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism (2003), M.A. in Human Settlements at K.U. Leuven, Belgium (2004–2005) and Ph.D. at the Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Landscaping, K.U. Leuven, Belgium (2012).