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Published in Scientific Papers. Series B, Horticulture, Volume LVIII
Written by Violeta RADUCAN, Ioana STREZA

Landscape is ever-changing. The malleability of the landscape is closely related to the concept of transience. Mogosoaia assembly seems to evade the passage of time, lasting for over than three centuries, apparently unchanged. Its inclusion in the list of heritage monuments, ensure a comfortable status for the mapped elements, a guarantee of the preservation of its integrity. But what happens with its context, with the landscape of Mogosoaia? The loggia of the palace was designed to provide an outlook to the gardens and the lake. The terraced gardens offer a gradual transition to the water and landscape. Recent decades have altered radically the landscape and its physiognomy. On the lake’s banks occurs a “colonization” with villas. How can be negotiated the vicinity between a residential area and a monument of such importance? There have been studied documents, text and images, from the archives, similar cases and references to Mogosoaia ensemble. The mapping of the lakeshore garden was elaborated. The perspectives from the palace’s loggia and from the terraced gardens were analyzed. In order to elaborate a comparative analysis for the opposite bank to the ensemble, pictures from the archives and up-to-date images were confronted. In order to draw attention to this situation which, in fact, is far from being singular and it becomes increasingly worrisome because it affects valuable components of the national and universal heritage, the idea for the development of a project was born. The project addresses both regular visitors and officials with decisional power in the heritage conservation field and aims to attract their attention to this degradation process and to the need for the implementation of a highly severe legislation for the preservation of historical monuments. The project consists of a series of shocking events both in a visual and in a conceptual sense, achieved by means of landscape design. It is a powerful militant attitude achieved through ephemeral interventions in the landscape, attractive for young people especially.

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