Project: GREY NEIGHBOURHOOD REHABILITATION

Date: 01.2010 – present
Type: Research project
Project typology: Architecture/Sociology
Size: ~4500sqm
Location: Timisoara, Romania

Status: ongoing

Recognition: the project was selected by the Faculty of Architecture Timisoara to represent the school at the prestigeous diploma projects competition: ARCHIPRIX, the 2010 edition

FOR:
Project leader: Oana Simionescu
Team: Alex Cozma, Gabi Boldis, Alina Frentiu

+ATELIER TREI: Codruta Negrulescu

This project is a result of our curiosity for communist-era urban interventions – these are large-scale fragments, incomplete geometric interventions conceived to replace an existing city. Keep in mind that about 16% of the surface of Timisoara is covered with interventions such as these, that these are inhabited by half of this city`s population and that, for the moment, there is no alternative to them.

The proposal is a more or less utopic strategy for one of these neighborhoods. After a thorough study, a rehabilitation diagram based on a network of specific, diverse, accessible spaces that are maintained by the community was recommended. Every neighborhood would become a small brand – a space that is representative for its inhabitants.

In order to exemplify this strategy a better defined courtyard from the study area was chosen. Following the study of the cognitive map of the plan and facades of the block, a series of conclusions in the form of solution-generating parameters were defined. Various options were studied in the attempt to solve as many of the site’s problems as possible – offering at the same time a fresh solution, subordinated to the social scale of the project.

The ‘client’ of the project is represented by a group of 195 families that live in an apartment complex that was built at the start of the 80s. Their homes are too small, densely compartmented, identical in plane, socially insufficient. Having as a final purpose the creation of a community, the project’s mission was not to become a function inside a space but rather a scenography that becomes background for many ‘short-animations’.

The proposal represents a prototype whose main objectives are COMMUNICATION, FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY.