Social and Civic Life in the Bucharest Microrayons: Drumul Taberei

While many view the mikrorayons of communist Eastern Europe as simply an effort to accommodate massive, displaced populations after World War II into well-planned, easily accessible neighborhoods, the mikrorayons of Bucharest were created with an effort at creating a collective living experience in mind. The pursuit of efficiency and industrialization in post-war Romania in creating housing was always coupled concerns for experience and expression. The example given here, Drumul Taberei, is no exception. Built from the 1950s to the 1970s, this neighborhood was designed with the collective experience in mind. The sheer amount of thought that went into providing residents with not only the bare necessities of resources, but creating the ‘realist’ experience of collective housing, go to show that the planning process had social and civic life in mind. This ‘realist’ experience included spatial frameworks that sought to intensify social interaction. These frameworks existed from the level of the houses (apartment style) to the neighborhood, which was designed to be cohesive, easily accessible, and aesthetically pleasing.

Sources: Maxim, Juliana(2009) ‘Mass housing and collective experience: on the notion of microraion in Romania in the 1950s and 1960s’, The Journal of Architecture, 14: 1, 7 — 26

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