Park and cultural activities as extension to shopping
Film nights at Palas mall Iasi, Romania
Open air public spaces are more and more replaced by malls in Romania. In this view, Palas mall Iasi is a happy exception, where the developer chose to create a park around one of the monuments in central Iasi, hosting a number of cultural events, including most recently film nights.
Maria Bostenaru, 2015 / CC BY
The park of Palas mal, Iasi
While in Bucharest existing parks are endangered of being transformed into malls (ex. the IOR/Titan park), in Iasi not used and neglected space has been transformed in a park adjacent to a mall in full economic crisis.
The Palas mall won a number of awards, before and after the opening in 2012.
The park was designed by an Italian team, and is leaning towards historic evidence of here being the former Royal court.
Archeological elements were integrated in the park. However, the materials used are new.
The park completes the centre of Iasi with a number of monuments by providing a public forum for meeting and events. Out of these monuments, the Culture palace is integrated in the park and currently undergoing restoration.
As such, most recently in frame of the cultural events organised by the mall film nights took place.
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