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Towards new pedestrian routes in central Bucharest
A workshop on how to let lessons from "Street Delivery Bucharest" be learned

Street Delivery is an urban public space festival taking place in several cities of Romania, including Bucharest since almost a decade. 2014 the AESOP group on Public Space and Urban Culture was a guest and made a workshop on how this pilot project could radiate in the central area, in dialogue with the provisions of the integrated developement plan already foreseen.

Street Delivery #9
Maria Bostenaru, 2014 / CC BY
Street Delivery #9
The "public bath", a project realised by studioBASAR in frame of Street Delivery #7 Bucharest 2012, an architecture office in Bucharest, was one of the finalists of the European Prize for Urban Public Space in 2014. This made the event known outside the city, but is it know and are the lessons learned in Bucharest itself? The PIDU, the integrated urban development plan envisages to extend the pedestrian route of Street Delivery, which takes place on Arthur Verona street (the street where the Chamber of Architects is located, who organises the festival each June) starting at Grădina Icoanei park, across the N-S boulevard and then going West up to the Cişmigiu park, one of the landmark historic parks of Bucharest. This route would then also cross the historic Calea Victoriei and include some other pedestrian parts in museum vicinity. The dates of Street Delivery #9 in 2014 were occasion to invite the AESOP working group on Public Space and Urban Culture to held a workshop on the year's topic "Becoming Local" in Bucharest mid June. Lectures were showing the differences between approaches in Eastern and Western Europe, including migration, and then two groups focused on public spaces in Bucharest, one of them being Street Delivery. An alternative vision has been developed on how this pilot project can radiate along the N-S boulevard, and the temporal boundary of Street Delivery worked with for alternative uses of Arthur Verona street in detail. The final presentation was part of the Street Delivery festival itself, which was organised by Tudor Elian from studioBASAR this year. Organiser of the workshop was Gabriel Pascariu from the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urban Planning. A publication will follow.

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26. Jun 2014
Reported by Maria BOSTENARU DAN


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