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What Kind Of Public Spaces Do We Want?


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E. Creanga, I. Budisteanu & M. Duda


Public spaces within the city in all their different types and form – streets, boulevards, squares, plazas, market places, green areas – are the backbone of cities. Over the centuries buildings defined the shape and quality of public spaces, valorising them in various ways. The post-modern development of urban form generated a great number of \“public spaces”, where there is no longer correspondence between architectural forms and social and political messages: shopping malls and theme parks, inner public spaces, strip developments etc. To strike the right balance between inner city regeneration and under-use of urban land in the old abandoned areas are among of the main challenges confronting cities in Europe. The paper will analyze the complex relationships between architecture and public space, in an attempt to understand how traditional urban structures, public and green spaces, squares and streets, could provide orientation for quality-oriented regeneration. Case in point is Bucharest – capital city of Romania – where aggressive intervention in the urban structure during the 1980s disrupted the fabric of the city. The investigation is oriented towards fundamental questions such as: how to secure and preserve sites that would serve as initial points in upgrading processes, how to balance private investment criteria and the quality interests of the urban communities. The major aim is to provide a support for decision making in restoring the fundamental role of public urban space in shaping urban form and supporting community life. Keywords: public space, urban structure, regeneration, urban policy.


public space, urban structure, regeneration, urban policy