Spatial Street Network and Urban Routes Around the Modernist Boulevard in Bucharest

  • Maria Bostenaru Dan
  • Alex Dill
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In January/February 2013, in frame of a short-term visit funded by NeDiMAH at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, we returned to an older research on the Magheru Boulevard in Bucharest, shaped during the interwar time (1930s) with Modernist buildings. The main outcome of our research concerned the digital representation of urban cultural routes. For this purpose, we designed some such routes for a number of architects, but also for the green spaces. The information about the architects will flow into an online encyclopaedia and thus be a part of a semantic network. The buildings themselves can be detailed in the plan or in the 3D model. In the meantime, the pedestrian route itself can be connected to the street network. We also analysed the street network as a graph, for two purposes. One is the optimisation of the accessibility through Space Syntax for performing the route. Such results can be used for creating similar routes of pre-1755 earthquake Lisbon in another project of us of similar identification of highlights in frame of a 3D city model. Another one is the optimisation of intervention in case of post-earthquake intervention (evacuation, employment of search and rescue teams) since these Modernist buildings are most vulnerable to earthquakes. For the later, we reviewed literature on the topic including agent-based modelling and street network modelling in GIS. Urban intervention in case of earthquakes can be of interest also for semantic networks, since an ontology of it can be developed.


Interwar Route Fractals 3D Space Morphology Public participation GIS Data Google Earth Vulnerability Space syntax Perception Sequential 



This paper is based on work developed within the NeDiMAH (Network for Digital Methods in Arts and Humanities) Short Visit Grant 5454 of the main author hosted by the second author with the title “Architectural heritage protection of the central area of Bucharest—mapping ways of visualisation in GIS and archives (so-called “registries” or taxonomy/ontology entries)”. The work was presented at the conference “The future of historical network research” in Hamburg, Germany, also funded by NeDiMAH and includes updates to the report based on the comments received. Initial routes have been done during field trips in frame of the Marie Curie Fellowship funded projects CA’REDIVIVUS and PIANO in Italy and Romania. Some ideas on taxonomy and agent-based design have been analysed in the frame of the Short-Term Scientific Mission COST-STSM-ECOST-STSM-IS1104-010413-024718 at the ISCTE Lisbon, Portugal.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urban and Landscape Design Department and Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and UrbanismBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Institute for Architectural Design, Art und TheoryKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany

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