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CULTURAL AND LEISURE DISTRICT ON THE BANKS OF THE DANUBE RIVER – RESTRUCTURING THE FORMER BROWNFIELD AREAS WHICH CONNECT THE CITY TO THE RIVER

"Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism Bucharest, Romania

Author: Alexandru Ioan DAMIAN Supervisor: Tiberiu FLORESCU Viorel HURDUC [dissertation research project]

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The presence of public spaces in any new urban development has an important role in defining the image of the entire area in the minds of the users. They are in constant direct contact with the public spaces, thus are directly influenced by them. Another key component which was taken into account in defining the public spaces in the project were the edges. The project tried to define, as much as it could, active edges for the public spaces and pedestrian areas, and allow "interaction" between the buildings, public space and their users. The waterfront area generated a specific public space that is attractive thanks to the water and to a special design. The design of the streets and pedestrian paths is an attempt to influence travel behavior and encourage the use of alternative means of transportation, by creating a dense network of pedestrian paths, bike lanes, and provision of local public transport. But the project also propose a road system, with a role in ensuring optimal functionality of the new area and anchoring it to the existing street network, and to meet the wide variety of users who frequent the area. It was intended to create a balance between different means of transport. Another key element that decisively influenced the urban design process was that of water. The Danube and the new proposed channel have played a key role in forming the new urban structure. The “Veriga” channel and the newly proposed gulf are, for the whole island of Ramadan, the backbone which can support a strong urban development in relation with the element of water. In shaping the new overall urban image, I had to take into account many factors involved directly in the visual impact of the urban environment on users. Because the urban image is not a process which can take place independently, it has to be considered from the very first drafts of the planning process. Thus, every element existing in this project participates in the defining of the urban image, from the layout of streets, shape, orientation and gauge buildings, the natural geography of the land to different sizes of vegetation used and the materials used for buildings and public spaces. The site chosen for study is an area of interest for residents and local government due to its central location, and the good links with other important areas of the city. The existence of a generous size plot, free of buildings, right next to the center of the city, currently represents a problem, but can be transformed into a great development opportunity in the context in which Giurgiu is situated on the Danube river and may be considered in the near future a satellite of Bucharest.

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