Primul Workshop de Scenarii Urbane | 5-12 iulie 2010 | Universitatea Spiru Haret | Facultatea de Arhitectura
Tutors: Maria Duda | Dragos Dordea | Gabriele Guastella
How is Bucharest?How would I like Bucharest to be? What could I do to make it become so? These are themes constantly on our mind and in order to give them the right answer we put up this workshop. We are interested in both Bucharest’s current problems and in its qualities. That is why we approached the search for solutions starting from what Bucharest offers us, turning its problems into advantages and departure points towards a sustainable, feasible and characteristic development for both the city and its users. We looked at Bucharest through the eyes of 13 students in architecture, of an average age of 24. Their age is important as they represent the new generation of urban users, endowed with the necessary critic eye and enthusiasm to better the current state of things. Out of these 13, 5 are Bucharest born and bred, while the rest have been living here for the past 5 years, ever since their academic education started. Our approach started from a few key-words that describe the issues that Bucharest is currently confronted with: green areas|living|water|promenade| limits | screening | streets | objects | parking | cathedral | deindustrialisation | centre | topography | fields| plazas | culture | quarter |mobility| We worked in five teams, each having chosen and interpreted in their own manner one of the key-words. The tutors did not intervene in order to impose a certain direction in this research; the priority given to the different key-words being left to the choice of the participants. The workshop developed in five phases: coming up with a concrete interpretation of the issue expressed by the key-word; reading of the city according to the chosen word; proposing a strategy on city-scale intervention; picking a site to illustrate the strategy through a project on architectural scale; making the manifesto. We considered the making of a manifesto to have paramount importance; on one hand because a manifesto gives a decisive character to the proposal, on the other hand it draws the public’s, the city users’ attention.