5-10 March 2017 an international workshop co-organised by Technical University of Delft (TU Delft), in partnership with “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism (UAUIM), the European post-master in Urbanism(EMU), "La Firul Ierbii", and with the media support of "Zeppelin" magazine for architecture and urban culture took place focusing on the two rivers which cros Bucharest, Dâmbovița and Colentina.
Maria Bostenaru 2012 / CC BY
Nowadays many cities turn back to water, what has been avoided in the past due to flood danger. Also the two rivers in Bucharest, Dâmbovita and Colentina went through changes in their history. Dâmbovita was transformed into a canal, and there have been projects to turn back to the river such as stART Dâmbovita, a project in frame of the ACUM (Arts, Urban Communities, Mobilisation) research project, which ended 2008. Colentina instead developed from a river with little water to a chain of lakes, the potential of which was explored in the Le Notre forum 2015 in Bucharest "the emerald necklace". Both areas are little connected to the urban fabric around and little enjoyed by the citizens of Bucharest.
The workshop was meant to test design instruments and to explore solutions for the spatial, social and ecological integration of the urban fabric of Bucharest along the river corridors of Dâmbovița and Colentina. The workshop was organised by Claudiu Forgaci, alumnus of the "Ion Mincu" University and currently researcher at the TU Delft.
The seminars offered to participants focused on:
- spatial morphology;
- the city and water;
- the city as a social-ecological system;
- scales of the city.
In the first 3 days open evening lectures were hold by participants from Romania and the Netherlands: Birgit Hausleitner, Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, Machiel van Dorst, Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Arjan van Timmeren, Andrei Mitrea, Șerban Țigănaș. These lectures put in context developments of water and the city in Bucharest with other locations in the Netherlands and Romania, including Amsterdam or Cluj Napoca. The last day in particular showed the award winning projects of the Romanian Architecture Biennale about which we reported recently.
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.