Bodgan’s exploration in questioning and reconceptualizing the reconstruction of architecture through preservation, instead of demolishing scars of conflicts, evolves with a summer residency at 1646 in The Hague.
Within his work, being an independent architect and multidisciplinary artist, Bogdan explores the responsiveness of environments through applied design, spatial installations and other interventions based on urban and social research of various scales.
Bogdan uses his residency period at 1646 to delve into the subject of ever-changing architecture, which shapes, and at times endangers to erase our collective memories. Defining architecture as a conflict, he sees the necessity for radical transformation of constructing a new reality of what was once destroyed. In RECONFIGURED/CITY, Bogdan explores a vision of a reconfiguration of the old through leaving a permanent scar serving as a reminder, while still offering the space to evolve and progress with time.
RECONFIGURED/CITY proposes healing alternatives to reflect on the needs of post-war spaces and engages to critically question manoeuvres of demolishing scars of the past. An imagination of preservation, instead of rebuilding the city to its original state, serves as a transformative evolution of remembering, learning and evolving, without getting stuck in the traumatic moment.
According to Bogdan, this new vision is applicable as a design usable for climate change, or spatial requirements for future pandemics, responsive to what is needed across time and space.