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Current view of the former Lenin Street (construction 1952-53), Stei/Dr. Petru Groza. Photo: PaoloMazzo, Stei, 2022
Current view of the former Lenin Street (construction 1952-53), Stei/Dr. Petru Groza. Photo: PaoloMazzo, Stei, 2022 View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Seminar with Oana Tiganea, Politecnico di Milano, about Ştei, the Secret Uranium City

1 Jun. 2022, 10:30 - 12:00
Luleå, T3109
Published: 23 May 2022

Oana Tiganea is a guest researcher in architecture at Luleå University of Technology. She will present her research with special focus on her ongoing project on the Rumanian mining town of Ştei.

Ştei, the Secret Uranium City: Industrial Legacy between Ecology and Architectural Preservation in Romania 

Industrial branches such as (gold, uranium) mining, steel, oil, or nuclear industry are directly linked to their environmental footprint. Once these industries close, however, their communities are left with a complex balance between ecological reclaim and patrimonial acknowledgement. The disappearance of the production site in the brownfield regeneration projects left scars on the cultural identity of local communities, with theoretical, ethical, and practical questions on if, why, and how such ‘toxic’ built legacies should be maintained, acknowledged as heritage, and used as assets in the post-industrial revitalization process. The research project will tackle strategies and practices for the preservation of the industrial legacy facing the ecological footprint in connection with patrimonial acknowledgement and economic enhancement. These issues will be approached through the case study of Ştei, a former industrial town built in the early 1950s as the headquarters of the Soviet uranium exploitation sites in Romania during the Cold War. The closing of the uranium mine in 2008 led to its territorial, economic, and socio-cultural isolation while facing the issues of contamination and radon radiation in the built and natural environment. 

Contact Andrea Luciani if you would like to attend this lecture.

Andrea Luciani

Andrea Luciani, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493949
Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering