Danubius International Conferences, 4th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

Tempts to bulid briges in terms of European identity. Saxon heritage shaped as European heritage under the incidence of Romanian realities

Catalina Nicoleta Manoiu
Last modified: 2014-04-22


The present paper explores the attempts and design visions for reshaping the city centre of Sibiu16 in the post-1989 period in order to provide an understanding of the complex relationship between ―the built environment and the re-shaping of national identity during post-socialism.The paper begins by exploring the link between the urban landscape of Sibiu, a Transylvanian city that was established by the Saxons in the XII century, and the process of crafting identity in the context of post-socialist transformation18 and Romanian`s desire to become an UE member. The rehabilitation of the historical centre of Sibiu is approach in the present paper as a project of creating an urban landscape that reflects and projects a post-socialist national identity.19 The present paper will try to provide an understanding of the manner in which the heritage making in contemporary Romania relates to „the processes of devaluation and re-evaluation as a dynamic conflict among hierarchies of historical narratives, where distinct groups engage in producing qualitative differences between such narratives in order to justify economic and cultural difference in the present.”