– Things about future, cities and people


An exhibition about the future of the cities in Bucharest, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Bergen

On October 1 at 6p.m., an exhibition will open simultaniusly at four different locations:

Bucharest (Romania) - National Museum of Contemporary Art - MNAC (
Amsterdam (Netherlands) - New Energy Docks (
Bergen (Norway) - USF Bergen (
Stockholm (Sweden) - Fargfabriken (

Join us for a symposium on Oct 14th at 14.30-17.00, where partners from the different cities will participate. Read more here.

Connected is about an adventurous group of architects, urban designers, artists and curators from 4 countries who overlapped their own cultural contexts in search of new ways of urban living. A story was born by putting together ideas and experiments along with new thinking for spaces and buildings. This story talks about the soft city, an open source territory which flexibly adapts itself to the existing resources, and about the “do it yourself” society who learns on its own how to create its place in this city.

Smart city as we see it
The European cities are expanding.  A larger and smarter urban community will occupy almost 10% more of the european space, not in anyway, but becoming greener and better managed.
Co-shared cars, high-performance public transportation, alternative energy networks permanently monitored, green buildings, streets connected directly to the internet and so on. Maybe you would expect to see an exhibition about the cities of the future cut from science-fiction movies. Connected will tell you a different story, more beautiful: you will learn about ideas and people who are smarter than smart systems and who know how to build better cities and communities.

Technology is just one step from this chain; beyond there are ideals, communal aspirations and the need for efficient and rapid actions.

A city is truly intelligent when it has a smart society with initiative, who learns by itself what it has to do and who knows how to fix its own boat when it breaks.  

Robots and poetry
Connected is an exhibition about the experiences of four different European cities (Bucharest, Stockholm, Bergen and Amsterdam) that give evidence of this new intelligent and creative society. You will find out about the most sustainable eco neighborhoods built on top of polluted waters, about experiments and new ways of building intelligent houses with existing means, about intelligent partnership strategies and alternative financing, but also about departments where Robots are trained to draw 3D portraits, to create housing and human objects or simply to learn how to action in a poetic way.

Read more about Connected here.

Project coordinated by Zeppelin Association (RO), in collaboration with: Archis (NL), Fargfabriken (SE), NUDA (NO), Eurodite (RO)

Cultural project co-financed by: Ministry of Culture, Administration of the National Cultural Fund - AFCN, Chamber of Romanian Architects - OAR
Partners: MNAC, Modulab, Ideas Lab, ABB, IDZ, Netherlands Embassy, Business Sweden
Exhibition simultaneously open from October 1st to November 12th, in 4 cities:
Bucharest (Romania) - National Museum of Contemporary Art - MNAC (
Amsterdam (Netherlands) - New Energy Docks (
Bergen (Norway) - USF Bergen (
Stockholm (Sweden) - Fargfabriken (

Cities-People kopia

Date & Location

October 1 - November 9, Färgfabriken, the project rooms



Archis is a cultural platform for debate, reflection and action on spatial issues. Based in Amsterdam the Netherlands, Archis has an international scopeand network. Archis sets the agenda for design through research, debate and intervention. One of the outlets of Archis is Volume magazine a project by Archis + C-Lab + AMO.
Zeppelin Association, founded in 2008 in Bucharest by architects Cosmina Goagea, Constantin Goagea and Stefan Ghenciulescu, is an NGO that acts as cultural operator in the South-Eastern Europe and at international level. 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 (, 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.
NUDA is committed to support various approaches to urban design. It is in the nature of NUDAs philosophy that urban design should be thought of as a profession and as a way of thinking. For some people, urban design is the name they give to their profession, as specialists in the art of placemaking. Urban design is unlike many other professions, though, as one of its defining characteristics is that it is a collaborative process involving a range of disciplines. For others, urban design is a movement that provides the context of their work as architects, planners, highway engineers, landscape architects, politicians and in many other roles, even though they may not choose ‘urban designer’ as their professional label. NUDA is committed to supporting both of these approaches to urban design.
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Eurodite is a consultancy company on urban and regional development focusing on economy, mobility, energy, area development and cultural heritage. The ambition of the team is to contribute to local economic development and facilitate urbanquality. It supports authorities and companies throughout all development stages: strategies, studies, financial modelling, EU funding and management. In most projects, it works closely together with local and international partners and experts. Eurodite has branches in The Hague and Bucharest.

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Färgfabriken, located in Stockholm, Sweden, is an exhibition space and experimental platform for art and architecture as well as social and urban development. Since it’sestablishment in 1995, the cultural institution of Färgfabriken has constantly operated in the frontlines of cross-sectorial exchange for cultural and urban development. Färgfabriken’s engagement with other sites is an important component, alongside the on-site program, Färgfabriken develop both national andinternational projects. This is often initiated at first on-site at Färgfabriken, through partnerships with organisations such as cultural institutions and universities. Activities may include education, workshops and exhibitions - projects that build upon the general idea of Färgfabriken as a place anda context and subsequently move off-site and abroad.

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Project developed with support from the Culture 2007-2013 Programme of the European Union.EU flag cult EN