Zeppelin and USF

Zeppelin Association, founded in 2008 in Bucharest by architects Cosmina Goagea, Constantin Goagea and Stefan Ghenciulescu, is a NGO that acts as cultural operator in the South-Eastern Europe and at international level.

Besides the 3 founding members, starting with 2014 two new members join Zeppelin Association: Meta van Drunen and Joep de Roo.It activates in various city-thinking projects consolidating multiple capacities of research, of cultural management and also of architectural production. Zeppelin edits a monthly magazine (www.e-zeppelin.ro), organizes conferences, workshops, exhibitions, debates, competitions, carries out publishing projects, research and critical reflection in architecture and creative industries, and is involved in urban interventions and strategies of coherent city development.

The group’s actions focus on the creative commitment of communities to get a sense of responsible civic attitude as a lively factor of urbanity, on the intercultural dialogue and setting up of international professional networks. Thus, the vision of the team developing a project relies on inter- and cross-disciplinary contribution, integrating discourses and methods from different fields and cultures.

Photo: Irina Florea

USF was established in 1991 and is organized as a foundation.

USF is an art center with five venues for presentation of music, theatre, films and contemporary art, in a  formed industrial site (Bergen Sardine Factory), converted into cultural venue. USF also hosts several artist residency programmes such as AiR Bergen, Bergen-Berlin, Bergen-New York and Air West Norway. USF aim to collaborate, strengthen and participate in the development of cultural matters and the creative industry in Bergen and in Norway.

Their project the project HALELE CAROL is necessary because it answers to current needs: on the one hand: development of cultural and educational activities and spaces in the south western part of Bucharest, to serve local communities as well as general public in the city, so as to counterbalance the concentration of these activities in northern and central part

The process of recovery of iconic buildings by a series of events is trying to draw attention on the potential of the area to become an urban pole for the city.