the river somes project by PRÁCTICA is a contemporary example of river regeneration and re-naturalization efforts, exhibited at the venice architecture biennale, that aims to interconnect the diverse communities that inhabit the city of cluj-napoca in romania. the goal of the project is to re-associate them to local fauna and flora species that were far removed from their natural habitat on the riverbanks.

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the project by PRÁCTICA is of a very wide range and unites efforts of a broad multidisciplinary team of architects, landscape designers, engineers, urban planners, government agencies, and everyday users in order to find a possible answer to the question of ‘how we will live together’. it proposes a new framework for dialogue and interaction by means of architecture and re-imagines the river as a new active social space for interrelation that operates across scales and programs.

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the somes project defines how the residents of the city interact among themselves and with their surrounding ecosystem. on a community-scale level, it becomes a space to gather and exchange ideas among the different communities who live in the city. the project, although limited in time and space, has multiple implications that affect entire communities across social orders and physical boundaries, and acts as a new piece of shared infrastructure that addresses both local and global conditions equally.



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project info:


name: PRÁCTICA at la biennale di venezia

designer: PRÁCTICA

team: jaime daroca, josé mayoral, josé ramón sierra, amanda castellano, josé manuel arteaga,sebastián correa

physical model: métrica mínima

video production: pedro arnanz

video mapping: ignacio gonzález


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: yasmina karam | designboom