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Creating the Image of Bucharest in art (1850 – 2017)

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‘Kunstgeographie’ – the study of the geographical dimension of art is a relatively undeveloped field, at least in English language studies. This article, which is developed from art history research at Sussex University, studies the images of Bucharest in art as it grew from a loosely organised collection of village-like groups to the capital of a new state – over the same period that Romanian art broke away from the religious art of the Orthodox church to become westernised as exchanges with western Europe grew. The growth of Bucharest has been analysed by Guiseppe Cina (2010) in four distinct phases, and these are used as the basis of this analysis.

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Issue: Volume 12, Issue 1, 2018

Historical GIS: mapping the Bucharest geographies of the pre-socialist industry

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This article aims to map the manner in which the first industrial units crystalized in Bucharest and their subsequent dynamic. Another phenomenon considered was the way industrial sites grew and propagated and how the first industrial clusters formed, thus amplifying the functional variety of the city. The analysis was undertaken using Historical GIS, which allowed to integrate elements of industrial history with the location of the most important industrial objectives. Working in GIS meant creating a database with the existing factories in Bucharest, but also those that had existed in different periods. Integrating the historical with the spatial information about industry in Bucharest was preceded by thorough preparations, which included geo-referencing sources (city plans and old maps) and rectifying them. This research intends to serve as an example of how integrating past and present spatial data allows for the analysis of an already concluded phenomenon and also explains why certain present elements got to their current state.

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Issue: Volume 10, Issue 2, 2016

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

Reconfiguring Socialist Urban Landscapes: The ‘Left-Over’ Spaces of State-Socialism in Bucharest

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The end of state-socialism has produced complex processes of urban change in East and Central Europe including the reshaping of urban identities and urban cultural landscapes in post-socialist cities. The geographical literature focusing on changes in the cultural landscapes of

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Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1, 2010

Urban (In)security: Between Appearance and Reality in Bucharest

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Author Affiliations University of Bucharest, Department of Geography, Bucharest, Romania Email: mirellanae@yahoo.com | Full text .pdf | Abstract Social disorganization has become a significant issue for social geography. In addition, the territoriality of urban space is deeply embedded in social relations.

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Issue: Volume 2, Issue 2, 2008

The Recent Development of Commercial Services in the Context of Globalization. Case Study: Bucharest

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Author Affiliations Institute of Geography, Dimitrie Racoviţă St 12, 023993, Bucharest, Romania Email: radusageata@yahoo.com Abstract The fall of the communist regime and the demise of the bipolar political order have been factors for the development of globalizing connections on the

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Issue: Volume 2, Issue 2, 2008

The Mental Map of Neighborhoods in Bucharest Introductive Study of Mental Geography

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Full text .pdf Mental geography appears where human geography meets psychology and studies the perception of space in all its forms. The most common method of analyzing space perception is the mental map, which is an advanced cartographical research technique

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Issue: Volume 2, Issue 1, 2008