The vision of having pedestrian streets temporarily subject to traditional events for the Romanian society is moving from these towards parks: first the Christmas market and now timely the spring (Martisor) market.
Maria BOSTENARU DAN / CC BY
Christmas fair in Cismigiu Park
The Urban Public Spaces Workshop in June 2014 about which we reported then highlighted some possibilities to animate streets as public spaces for pedestrians. Apart of the Arthur Verona street, which has the special flair of Street Delivery, some other streets could be arranged thematically for graduation fair (at the university) but also for traditional fairs in Romania, such as spring fair. The spring fair is a traditional celebration in Romania called "Martisor". Clothes decorations are being given between the 1st and 8th of March, and sold the week before.
Even more, the urban zonal plan for Arthur Verona proposed several years ago that the pedestrian axis from the Garden Icoanei to be continued till the Cismigiu park. With current discussions regarding the transformation of the Integrated Development Plan of central Bucharest into several urban zonal plans (as of the begin of 2015) it is not sure this can be achieved, but the vision of the thematic pedestrian zones seem to move to parks.
Data on the Cismigiu park, the oldest remarcable public park in Bucharest, as well as on the zonal urban plan for it, can be found in the Le Notre database.
If for Christmas the Cismigiu park was a new arrival for the market, and having the market in the park was somehow different from a place surrounded by buildings (see photo), for the Spring (Martisor) fair the open air Village museum (part of the Herastrau park green space) and the Peasant Museum with the adjacent Kisseleff park are offering markets.
In the meantime the Urban Public Spaces workshops continue with Vienna and Glasgow in 2015.
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
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