Making a point

How to turn urban development gone bad around

A former derelict water-tower symbolizes the ideology behind Make a Point: to develop culture and cultural sites in the city’s outskirts, neighborhoods, abandoned halls, factories or other such locations, in order to compensate for the negative effects of urban development thus far.

Outside the city center of Bucharest, the largely dormitory neighborhoods and industrial areas are the starting point for Make a Point. Make a Point association attempts to decongest the inner city by scattering activities and cultural outside the center – closer to the citizens. Its about making peace with the undesirable characteristics of the city and making the most of the leftovers. this includes transforming vacant industrial buildings to places of culture – making them a part of the city once more. Such projects range from exhibitions, films and workshops.

A big city means neighborhoods booming with life and personality.

The headquarters of Make a Point association is located on the ground floor of an old textile factory, ‘Postavaria Romana’ (1925-2008), where, under low light, the weavers would correct any problems found in the finished material.

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Here various exhibitions are on display. They have a library mostly filled with film, art and music content. Informed by the space they take up, Make a Point has gathered communist literature referencing their former communist factory. Even the furniture holds elements of their industrial past. Their small scale approach in promoting culture and art while transforming their self-admitted “culturally insignificant” urban spaces.

 

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Involved city makers
Alma Cazacu
Make a Point
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