Private histories of public architecture

Collective Authorship investigates the oral history of the House of the People/Palace of the Romanian Parliament, one of the largest public structures in the world, characterized by a brutal implantation in the urban, social and historical fabric of Bucharest.

The project emerged from the hypothesis that great architectural ensembles are the outcome of a collective effort, resulting in a symbolic right of ownership to the edifice. This appropriation is not hereby made through an act of historical justice, but through the ambiguous mechanisms of memory: remembering direct participation in the construction attenuates the sense of responsibility, while the narrative accentuates the symbolic relationship to ownership.

Collective Authorship approaches the sensitive problematic around the House of the People in an equidistant manner, by impartially documenting the participants’ memories, while avoiding a moralistic approach to this difficult theme.