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The paper is based on a terrain study conducted in two areas: the gold-mine village Roșia Montană and the city of Victoria (“Victory”) that was built to be a communist socialist utopia. The purpose of my observation address the matter of how the built environment is transformed by the second and third generation of users. As sociologists as Emile Durkheim have noticed, villages were built around the notion of “mechanical solidarity”, a social cement/binder, embodying a copyrepetition pattern that over time ensured a coherence in the housing architectural typologies. They were their own architects, helping each other; “architecture without architects”, or how Rudofsky would call it, “non pedigree architecture”. Lately, as mobility has increased, a “migrating architecture” (Stefanie Burkle) phenomenon occurred and it is not only people, but spaces and images that migrate too. Working abroad and coming back, lacking any professional training in housing construction, without enough architects to get involved (that in any case cover at the national level only a ratio of 0,5 architects per 1000 population) our cityscape and village landscape have been mishandled and corrupted by the house-owners. How can this issue be addressed? EDUCATION is the key. Responsibility towards the built environment is a matter that concerns not only the architectural profession but every citizen and this can be constructed only in time, through mass education. Understanding education as a cornerstone and considering that everyone can, in different ways, position bricks in this structure, the paper concludes illustrating how I have developed together with a team of students, over the last five years, an educational endeavour entitled “Arhitectura Celuilalt” (Architecture of Alterity)- https://arhitecturaceluilalt.ro/.