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River Somes: Across Communities and Ecosystem

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Jaime Daroca (Spanish, b. 1986), José Mayoral (Spanish, b. 1985) and José Ramón Sierra (Spanish, b. 1989) of PRÁCTICA (Spain, est. 2016)



The River Somes project is a contemporary example of river regeneration and re-naturation efforts. It aims to connect the diverse communities of the city of ClujNapoca in Romania, as well as to reconnect them to the local fauna and flora species that have been forced out from their natural habitat on the riverbanks. The project imagines the river as a new, active, social space for interrelating that operates across scales and programs. It defines how inhabitants of Cluj-Napoca interact among themselves and with their surrounding ecosystem. On a community scale, it becomes a space for its dwellers to gather and exchange ideas. On a territorial scale, it connects the city of Cluj-Napoca with every other territory watered by the stream as it flows to the Black Sea, such as the Somes River in Transylvania, the Tisza in Hungary and Serbia, and the Danube across Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Ukraine. This waterway makes the inhabitants of Cluj conscious of their role within a much larger community across their entire continent; it calls for global understanding and comradeship.

Biennale Sneak Peek

Image 1 – How will we live together?
River Someș as a new active social space for interrelation that operates across scales and programs.


Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
River Someș: urban beach and pathways that aim to interconnect the diverse communities that inhabit the city of Cluj-Napoca in Romania and engage the local community with its ecological systems.


Spanish Government– Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda
Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)
Jung Ibérica

Production credits

PRÁCTICA Team: Jaime Daroca, José Mayoral, José Ramón Sierra, Amanda Castellano, José Manuel Arteaga, Sebastián Correa
Physical model: Métrica Mínima
Video production: Pedro Arnanz
Video mapping: Ignacio González

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