DISCONTINUITIES AND SPATIAL MUTATIONS AS A MARK OF URBAN RESILIENCE IN BACAU MUNICIPALITY (ROMANIA)

Alexandru BĂNICĂ, Lucian ȘERBAN

Abstract


The paper tries to identify the spatial structure and dynamics of Bacau city by reconsidering the concept of geographical discontinuity as a tool within the general framework of urban resilience. Based on the native heterogeneity of urban environment, the discontinuities are fractures that divide the city’s tissues, but also lines of convergence where different morphological and social (micro) identities join and complete each other. The existing (geographical) literature identifies axialisation, heterogeneity and deficient spatial management as inherited features of Bacau municipality, all creating visible and “sustainable” discontinuities. The purpose of our study is to identify different types of urban discontinuities that shape the urban habitat. We assess and try to integrate natural and human induced, linear and areal, elementary, structural and functional, morphological and social discontinuities, also by analysing their historical evolution and effect upon the city’s functionality.  The final outcomes of the paper refer to drawing some general lines in overcoming the drawbacks of discontinuities in Bacau in order to have a resilient and liveable urban space.

Keywords


spatial discontinuities, urban crisis, resilience, post-communist dynamics, Bacău city

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15551/scigeo.v59i1.229

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