Hidden Bucharest? The New and the Old City: A Contradictory Evolution through Regeneration and Gentrification Processes

Coordinators: dr. Mariana Nae, drd. Cezar Buterez

Location: Centrul istoric –Zona Lipscani

Time: 3 ore (11 noiembrie 10-13)

Costs: 0

Urban regeneration means the process of completely renewing or restoring or reforming urban areas. It is to bring much needed life and vitality back to urban areas. Urban regeneration is basically the government’s strategic (long-term) policy to tackle the fundamental problems:  bad housing,  insanitary living conditions, low quality of life, etc. The regeneration of the built environment will atract:  businesses into such areas and the investments. The main strategic objectives of urban regeneration are: community renewal in order to develop confident communities and to improving the quality of life in their areas; economic renewal, social renewal and physical renewal.

Bucharest experiences the process of urban regeneration with many of its areas either already rehabilitated or going through actions of urban reconversion. The historic centre is rapidly transforming therefore this process of urban regeneration appears to be a rather frantic activity of street rehabilitation, where some have been started on but not finished (Lipscani, Smârdan, Filitti, Tonitza), and less attention on historical buildings  renovation as a result of ownership judicial problems and keeping the cultural identity. The urban regeneration projects are needed to have impact in reality and be based on getting consensus and wide participation of all the actors involved. However the area of historic centre seems to be emerging as an important asset for the future municipality strategy to develop it as an urban core of attracting cultural, tourist and financial functions.



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