9.30 - 10:00 - Dominic Fritz (Romania) / City Mayor of Timișoara - Opening remarks 

10:00 - 11:30 - Visions for the city: culture-led urban transformation and policy-making

For Timișoara, the European Capital of Culture title meant looking at the city within a European context. It opened a dialogue with other cities and with the principles shared in the European cultural and urban agendas. The National Cultural programme „Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in 2023” generated debates and led to a new understanding of the urbanism of the future. It provoked important areas of reflection and it provided content to imagine new answers to strategic policy questions, such as what is the city (and the society) we want to live in and what role does culture play in shaping it. 


  • Ivan Blasi (Spain) / Programme Director of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture | Mies van der Rohe Awards, European Commission
  • Gruia Bădescu (Romania, Germany) / Researcher at the University of Konstanz / Expert in Urban Development at CRIDL
  • Ioana Dragomirescu (Romania) / Cinema Manager and the author of the Strategy for Timișoara's traditional cinemas
  • Iza Gajny (Poland) /Architect, researcher, co-author of the Social Foresight 2036/2056 project within ECoC Wroclaw 2016
  • Daniel Tellman (Romania) / President of Romanian Order of Architects - Timiș Branch

Eugen Pănescu
(Romania) / urban strategist

The presentations and discussions will be held in English and streamed live on the Facebook account of the Centre for Projects of the Timișoara Municipality.

The debate is part of the International seminar „VECTOR TM. Culture as an urban practice”. For more information about the speakers and the full programme, do consult the dedicated section on the site.  

Access to the event is free upon registration, through Eventbook platform. 

Please note that the number of seats is limited. Therefore, the order of confirmations will be considered and a waiting list will be created. Registration will be confirmed through the transmission of an email with the event access ticket.

VECTOR TM. Culture as Urban Practice is part of the Power Station programme, the component of the National Cultural programme „Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in 2023” dedicated to the development of capacities of the cultural sector and implemented by the Center for Projects of the Timișoara Municipality.