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RETHINKING SOMES

2017
Competition
City
Cluj
Unbuilt

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Team: Horia Spirescu, Lucian Tofan, Andrei Theodor Ionita, Victor Serbanescu

A way for people to come together effortlessly

Nearness makes people behave a certain way. In order to keep the small town atmosphere nurtured, while Cluj grows and further crowds up, the city must facilitate ease of community gathering.

If what the memory retains from Venice are the canals, what romanians remember and talk about most after staying in Cluj are not it’s cobled streets, but the politeness and kindness in everyday interactions. The greatest asset the city has is a renowned culture of civic duty and community. Our proposal’s starting point states that what the city must benefit most from is not yet another iteration of soulless urban design, to keep it merely in tone with fashion of the day, but more importantly, from the subtle markers that you are in a place that cares for its people. The river is placed in a spot to voluntarely or involuntarely intersect most traffic flowing through Cluj.This is both a disadvantage as well as a perk towards making it a viable circulacion embraced in a green corridor. On the one hand, the river alredy provides a corridor of unbuild space cutting through the city, on the other hand it represents a dangerous path, hectic and unpredictable.

Drifting deeper into its domain of accumulation, the archive’s floors are reminiscent of the drawers used in Mundaneum’s Universal Bibliographical Repertory. In each “drawer” fragments belonging to the castle are kept in a slumberous limbo, acting as latent triggers of memory.

1 2020: “Seeds” of public life take root along the river
2 2025: The river is a pedestrian “highway”, providing car-free mobility all along the city.
3 2030 - The river is the heart of the city

Daily life does not vary greatly in our habits. We go to work following the same path, take our lunch break at mid day, travel back home in the evening, spend time with family or friends. If all these moments can be made pleasent for people, then it is a good city that they are living in. Initially, The river offers merely a series of moments, things to do and see, allowing, most of all, freedom to come together, and changing people’s way of looking at the river. Initial interventions plant the seed, they provide the necessary backbone for future growth. As the path connecting them is made stronger and all encompassing, the river becomes a place in people’s concience that you can reach from anywhere in the city, a pedestrian highway that one must only get too, and then traverse through, to get anywhere along its course. City wide traffic is eased as people choose to walk or bike along a scenic route instead of taking busy city streets towards their destination. The enhanced pedestrian flow brings new economic life to the areas the river crosses, and they integrate into a greater civic ecosystem that revolves around the Somes. Marasti and Manastur-Grigorescu, where the majority of population os located, now has an east-west access.

Daily life does not vary greatly in our habits. We go to work following the same path, take our lunch break at mid day, travel back home in the evening, spend time with family or friends. If all these moments can be made pleasent for people, then it is a good city that they are living in. Initially, The river offers merely a series of moments, things to do and see, allowing, most of all, freedom to come together, and changing people’s way of looking at the river. The river is a pedestrian “highway”, providing car-free mobility all along the city.Initial interventions plant the seed, they provide the necessary backbone for future growth. As the path connecting them is made stronger and all encompassing, the river becomes a place in people’s concience that you can reach from anywhere in the city, a pedestrian highway that one must only get too, and then traverse through, to get anywhere along its course. City wide traffic is eased as people choose to walk or bike along a scenic route instead of taking busy city streets towards their destination.

“Hard” objects in smooth landscape

The enhanced pedestrian flow brings new economic life to the areas the river crosses, and they integrate into a greater civic ecosystem that revolves around the Somes.

Musician’s pavillion

The city’s community of IT specialists is growing now more than ever. The tower is going to give them the opportunity to show their work in front of the wide public.

IT tower

The city’s community of IT specialists is growing now more than ever. The tower is going to give them the opportunity to show their work in front of the wide public.

Cross-river screening space

Close to the city center, next to Transit House, the rivershore will host a different type of cinema where, after sunset people will be able to see movies projected on the opposite shore.