Report from the International Conference on Public Space in Transition; Cluj, Rumania, December 4. 2019

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The first debate with national and international experts took place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at the casino building in central park. The debate on the “public space” theme. Recent developments and directions for the future ” had as special guests the architect Lance Jay Brown – the President of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization  , Ralf Alwani – Urban Director scale specifies, arh. Șerban Țigănaș – Secretary General of the international union of architects, Arch.Daniela Maier – President of the order of architects of Romania The Transylvania Branch. Architect Vlad Sebastian Rusu also presented the project for the revitalization of railroad park. The debate was moderate by Ovidiu Cîmpean, the project coordinator.

Lance Jay Brown, architect, urban designer, teacher and author, the President of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization presented the transformations of public space throughout the history of humanity, focusing on concerns and important themes of the present and future: alarming population growth in the world, natural and man-made disasters, climate change, the  Digital Revolution, and multiculuralism

The Architect Șerban țigănaș studied the evolution of the public public space over three decades: 1989-2019. in his presentation, entitled “Public Space Cluj, from infrastructure through design, to another kind of infrastructure”, the architect Cluj analyzed how Which has been used in the last 30 years from several perspectives: Management, use, allocation, transformation, generation, design and behaviour.

Daniela Maier chose to present the projects coordinated through the urban scene project, an initiative of the transylvania rag to involve the community in rediscovering and rediscovering the public space. Some of the places the urban scene team tried to bring back to the community over time are: Cetăţuia (2012, 2015), Botanical Garden (2013), emergency county clinical hospital – surgery I (2013). ), Central Station and station square (2014, 2015), STR. Ion I.C. Bratianu (2015), Str. (2014), Central Cemetery (2015), Central River (2016), Central River (2016), Railroad Park (2016), Spring Park (2016), Gheorgheni Sports Base (2017).

Ralf Alwani, director of urban scale specifies, explained how projects can be put into practice in the center of which the design is centered on people. It set as an example the foyle river crossing the city of Londonderry in northern Ireland, which had negative connotations in society because the bridge was used by those who tried to end their lives. With small interventions such as lighting the bridge in different colors, by creating an application, on the occasion of a happy event such as a wedding or an anniversary, the public’s perception of the place has changed for the better. Architect Vlad Sebastian Rusu presented the project on the revitalization of railroad park. The project involves, in addition to the rehabilitation of the park, the rehabilitation of the railroad park street, the landscaping of the someș and the construction of two pedestrian

The Centre of innovation and civic imagination (Ciic) was launched two years ago, being a laboratory of ideas, constantly developing and testing different forms of collaboration between actors in the city, in order to encourage the participation of the cluj in City life and promote discussions on urban development projects.

The CIIC DEBATE ON 4 December was part of the project,, increasing transparency of decision-making transparency and simplification of administrative procedures for citizens – anto – ciic ‘).

The project has two components:
– the design, development and implementation of an electronic system for digitisation and simplification of public services offered to citizens of Cluj-Napoca through the implementation of the electronic and virtual public official – Antonia.
And
– use of the centre of innovation and civic imagination in the strategic planning of social innovation processes, to increase decision transparency and simplify procedures offered to citizens of Cluj-Napoca.