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Raluca Cirstoc

MA work

Rosia Montana: The Politics of Mining Gold

This proposal looks at the political paradoxes arising out of the juxtaposition of a local ecology (Rosia Montana, Romania) and the remote ecology of capitalist institutions (buying and selling gold). 

It asks about the possibilities for architecture to bring into experience entire industrial landscapes. The proposed interventions seek to create a form of post traumatic urbanism, simultaneously revealing and dramatising the absurdity of the politics of mining gold.

The speculative proposal begins in July 2014, when the Romanian Government grants a licence to a private mining company for the extraction of 1000t of silver and 300t of gold from Rosia Montana – threatening the local ecology with severe trauma. The licence has three qualifying conditions: 

  1. The air rights are retained by the government
  2. The site is to remain open for public use throughout the entire duration of the works
  3. A group of activists will co-manage the site. 

The activists' challenge is to record the event of mining and the spaces it produces while simultaneously devising and installing mediating events and post-traumatic structures for the enjoyment of the public and everyday life. In this way it is envisioned that the site will embody a condition that is both past and future, where trauma is highlighted while life goes on unhindered.


  • Pprofile
  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2014

  • Contact

  • 07766 202722
  • This year my focus spanned between geo-political ecology and cognitive mapping. Through my work I have engaged with complex technological and ecological systems,  the environment and the mind.  I have a strong interest in manufactured landscapes and I believe that it is time for architecture to turn towards experiencing large scale processes, raising questions around the anthropocene and globalisation. I aspire to work in collaborations which will address questions of global and local implications of technology. 

  • Degrees

  • BArch Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, 2011
  • Experience

  • Architectural assistant, Massimilliano Fuksas, Paris, 2011–12
  • Exhibitions

  • End of Year Show, Oxford Brookes University, 2009, 2010, 2011