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The shadow of the “Great Earthquake” on a sustainable Bucharest. Shared responsibilities and disaster risk management

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Bucharest is located in Romania’s most active seismic area. In the past, the city has been significantly affected by a few earthquakes, including the 1977 one, which was one of the strongest and caused the most significant number of human victims and material damage. The concentration of population, old or high buildings means that in Bucharest, living with high seismic risks is one of the most important economic and socio-demographic vulnerabilities. The shadow of the great earthquake is constantly present here in debates and public actions, but the operationalisation of disaster risk management measures are not yet at optimum in terms of implementation actions. This research presents a critical assessment of regulatory and operational measures used to identify vulnerable seismic buildings, the responsibilities of the public and private stakeholders involved, and the way in which each of latter assumes and implements the first.

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Issue: Volume 14, Issue 1, 2020

Dynamics of housing stock in Romania – between politics and policies

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Issue: Volume 9, Issue 2, 2015

New trajectories of post-socialist residential mobility in Bucharest

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Over the post-socialist period, residential mobility processes were very intense and took place on large areas. Flow intensity led to the emergence of new spatial and functional realities and created new relationships within the affected areas. During all this period, Bucharest’s metropolitan area was shaped by the spatial mobility of the city dwellers, as well as by the change of their social and residential aspirations. The majority of those who were registered as movers in Bucharest were actually residents of Bucharest (they only changed their domicile) and the share of people coming to the city from elsewhere has increased constantly over the last decade. Except for the early 1990s, a period when residential legal status was pending clarification, migrations from peri-urban area, especially from Ilfov County, to Bucharest had a low intensity. Situation is quite different in terms of moving out of Bucharest, to the communes and towns of Ilfov County, located in close proximity, which have been continuously increasing values. The correlation between housing stock features (real estate supply) and the demand of new dwellings (emphasized by the residential trajectories) prove both that current mobility flows taking place at this time in Bucharest are segmented based on economic-spatial criteria and that Markov chains are functional.

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Issue: Volume 8, Issue 1, 2014

Informal settlements and squatting in Romania: socio-spatial patterns and typologies

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The emergence of informal settlements in Romania is the result of a mix of factors, including some social and urban planning policies from the communist and post-communist period. Squatting was initially a secondary effect of the relocation process and demolition of housing in communist urban renewal projects, and also a voluntary social and housing policy for the poorest of the same period. Extension and multiple forms of informal settlements and squatting were performed in the post-communist era due to the inappropriate or absence of the legislative tools on urban planning, properties’ restitution and management, weak control of the construction sector. The study analyzes the characteristics and spatial typologies of the informal settlements and squatters in relationship with the political and social framework of these types of housing development. 

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Issue: Volume 7, Issue 2, 2013

Urban sprawl – the legal context and territorial practices in Romania


Urban sprawl limitations are objectives of public policy of all European Community documents referring to urban and territorial planning. Nowadays clear and stable boundaries between the areas of towns built during the communist period are replaced by their fragmentation and perpetual transformation. Presently, the strategies and instruments of urban sprawl control depend largely on the legal tools and the efficiency of the cooperation between local public administrations in urban and metropolitan areas.

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Issue: Volume 6, Issue 1, 2012

Urban Sprawl Characteristics and Typologies in Romania

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Urban sprawl limitation, moderate use of agricultural fields and ensuring the social mix are objectives of public policy of all European Community documents refering to urban and territorial planning, housing policies and territorial cohesion. In post-communist Romania the most obvious

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Issue: Volume 4, Issue 2, 2010

Urban sprawl and residential mobilities in the Bucharest area – reconfiguration of a new residential geography


Efect direct al eliminării restricţiilor privind stabilirea domiciliului și extinderea limitele spaţiului construit al localităţilor la sfârșitul perioadeia comuniste, expansiunea urbană peste zonele rurale înconjurătoare a devenit o realitate spaţială dificil de limitat și de gestionat. Transformările socioeconomice din ultimele

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Issue: Volume 3, Issue 2, 2009