Spaces in play


Reena Ardeshana

At the start of this research, I looked into ‘void’ spaces in Bucharest as a response to the city’s fragmented administrative and territorial structure. The fragmentation that is apparent from the six individually operated sectors, resonates on many levels within the city and stems from its challenging history. From the Ottoman occupation during the 16th century, through several natural disasters and plagues, and further occupation by the Habsburg Monarchy and Imperial Russian troops in the 18th and early 19th century, Bucharest, as part of Romania, finally gained independence in the mid-late 19th century. During the interwar period, Bucharest became known as Little Paris, mimicking their boulevards and French style buildings. The mid-20th century saw the rise of the Communist period, under the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu with a dramatic shift towards the monumental. As a result of all these changes, Bucharest has become a multi-faceted city; a fragmented city, only just waking up to face its own identity, introducing contemporary forms of spatial organisation and filling in the voids from its past.


TU Delft / Faculty of Architecture