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Urban Transformabilities: Chisinau, Moldova – Self-Regulation as an alternative to institutionalized planning processes
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2012 (English)In: New Urbanity: Cities vs. Global Challenges / [ed] Ruzica Bogdanovic, STRAND - Sustainable Urban Society Association , 2012Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The global upsurge of unplanned urban development and its various manifestations have opened the door to challenging the norms of the modernist planning model. The principles of modernist planning mechanisms and practices, regulatory systems expressed through zoning regulations, land use and urban coding can be seen today as obsolete. The new and perhaps radical departure from the established methods and norms, the new alternatives to conventional planning practices need to be developed that are based on learning from experiences from self-regulated and unplanned urban areas. The unplanned developments need be seen not as an illness but a part of the solution to the present and future urban problems and the role of the professionals involved, their methods of work, level and form of involvement needs to be reexamined.


With the City of Chisinau in former Soviet Union as a starting point this paper discusses processes of self-regulated urban transformations in relation to the inherited urban planning models dating from the Russian colonial era as well as the Soviet planning system. The present planning is dysfunctional and disconnected from realities of the context and I see this situation as an opportunity to instigate fundamental reforms in current planning methodologies. In my paper I will examine and compare the empirical evidence from Chisinau based on observation, site documentation in form of photographic evidence, official planning and legal documents, transcripts from recorded interviews, written materials by other scholars dealing with related field of research, etc. Parallel with this study I will juxtapose these findings and develop a critique of the top down modernist institutional framework in planning that includes the zoning and land use practices. 

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STRAND - Sustainable Urban Society Association , 2012.
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unplanned urban development, self-regulated, Post-Soviet, Planning Institutions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-137979ISBN: 978-86-89111-00-2OAI: diva2:680069
New Urbanity vs. Global Challenges International Symposium; Belgrade, Serbia, 27-29 April 2012

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Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2013-12-19Bibliographically approved

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