Bucharest: Towards a Rethinking of the Urban Heritage


Bucharest is an 'exotic' city at the juxtaposition of the Oriental world and the Central-Eastern influences. Its fascinating urban tissue is composed out of palimpsest-like layers that reveal an almost organic evolution of the city. From Byzantine sediments to Modernist compositions, from Postmodern interventions to contemporary 'small gestures' on urban heritage, Bucharest can be read in many keys. Its views continuously reveal hidden 'heritage treasures' and mysterious points of view in the urban composition. This five-senses journey has been described in the writings of many foreign visitors of the city along its history. One of the most fascinating though, is through the words and croquis of Le Corbusier (then Charles Jeanneret) in his 'Voyage vers l'Orientā€¯ of 1911. Bucharest's diversity inspired him in his future Modernist compositions. The urban heritage of Bucharest has always been challenged by politics. It has been the bourgeois identity that needed to be hidden by the Communist ideology through urban operations. It is at the same time the case of the forgotten historic monument, caught in a 'collection of litigious situations'. It is the value exposed to debates between those who try to save and reactivate it and those who see it as an obstacle for the Modern City development. Therefore, Bucharest has a vital need to envision a long-term scenario to harmonise the Urban Heritage and the Modern City. This article's hypothesis proposes the integration of Bucharest heritage as an asset in a dynamic future network by rethinking Urban Policies.

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Ioana Elena Zacharias Vultur

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Conference: HCNY2018
Stream: Heritage and the Digital World

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