FIG Working Week 2000, 21-26 May, Prague

Urban Renewal in Romania

by Violeta Puscasu 

Key words: renewal, change, typological reorganization. 


The urban renewal drives theoretically a preliminary conceptual clarification: renewal versus change.  Temporally and phenomenologically the renewal is marked by paradigms and political influences. The article Urban Renewal in Romania propose not only a radiography of the renewal stages superposed to the major moments of urban change in Romania, with a closer look to the post-Communist period ,but also a drawing of  urban system perspectives in the new context of sustainable development.

The division into periods of the evolution of the Romanian urban phenomenon is based on a sum of elements - physical, morphostructural, legislative and informational environment - which contribute to the shaping of a certain level of renewal, subsequently marked by a typological reorganization. The complexity of the urban growth makes, however, this typology, in the shape of socio-demo-urbanistic classifications, captures correctly the morphostructural classification of Romania towns.

The supporting landmarks of any renewal are elements which are immediately visible or with ulterior effects on the strategy of spatial reorganization of a region, but not only necessarily positive.

The way of new urban renewal paradigm applied in Romania are functionality and sustainability to small urban area and reconstruction and reintegration to the big urban area.

A focus on the relationship between general and particular aspects of great urban axes in the future being in subject for the decisions makers are sintetically presented.

Dr. Violeta Puscasu
University "Dunarea de Jos"
47, Domnaesca street
Galati 6200

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