Planning and modernizing Izvor Park
Part of the Integrated Urban Development Project for Bucharest (PIDU)
Type: landscape design; Function: park, memorial; Location: Bucharest, Romania; Client: Bucharest Municipality; Area: Plot area: 160,000sqm, Status: ongoing; Year: 2011
This approach to rearranging the park appeals to the memory of Bucharest’s residents, proposing the recovery of the streets in Uranus neighborhood as they were before the ‘80s demolition. Park alleys are cut after the old streets on a 1:1 scale. On these alleys shall be placed associated public park facilities: bicycle paths, playgrounds for children, benches, tennis tables. Thus, the street space will regain its specific animation, even though in another context. As a symbolic gesture, we will plant a tree in the place of each demolished house.
The planning proposal involves placing a vertical axis, different from the existing axes, by applying the previous topography. The climax represents the symbolically restoring of Mihai Voda Monastery Hill by building a memorial of old Bucharest buried as a gallery.
We wish to transform the park into a platform for meeting and socializing, integrated into the cultural route of Bucharest, in an urban room which gathers trails from the old center of Bucharest, Cismigiu Park, Dambovita, Mihai Voda Church area, The National Museum of Contemporary Art and Uranus neighborhood.