Thesis presentation Anca Ioana Ionescu 14.11.2016 16:00

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Towards a Territorial City.

The case of Craiova, an Eastern European Mid-Size City

Anca Ioana Ionescu

Mentor team:  Birgit Hausleitner, Saline Verhoeven

The territory is a palimpsest (Corboz 1968), a complex unfinished story encoded in morphology and in society. By exploring future images and scenarios the project seeks to support social and ecological integration in the fragmented territory surrounding Craiova city. At larger scales, the valley section (Geddes 1909 in Welter 2003) and the two network strategy (Tjallingii 2015) inspire the definition of the valley system as a complex carrying structure for the territorial project.  A new system of relations is designed upon the common grounds between the city and its natural and rural surroundings along the Valley of Jiu River. The project explores the definition of territory through precedent projects and elements that define it: the limit, the core and the main systems in relation to limits and cores. Existing networks and structures are re-used to scaffold (Forgaci, Alexandrescu and Ionescu 2015, 2016) a common territory and a new system of relations between Craiova city, natural lands and rural units. The limits and the trajectories to the cores are used to settle the scaffold. The condition of limits is gradually discovered from an administrative, morphological and topological perspective. Limits are discovered to be a cumulation of drosscapes (Berger 2006), porous and permeable lands (Secchi and Viganò 2009). By designing on limits and trajectories to the core, a polycentric model is encouraged, consolidating local identity as well as exchange with the wider territory. Territorial limits become themselves a scaffold to regenerate the cores.

Three principles guide the construction of the scaffolding on site: porosity, permeability and correspondence. The research by design uses a gradient of scales, while the project is finally revealed at three main scales: the valley scale, the image scale and the project scale. This thesis sets two main goals: to explore common grounds between practice and theories regarding territorial projects and, by setting this provocation, to provide a grounded design strategy, which would support social and ecological integration.

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date and time: 14.11.2016  16:00

location:  Zaal R



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