This project is financed through the PARTNERSHIPS IN PRIORITY AREAS Program, Direction of research 3. Environment, PCSSA Type 1, Code PN-II-PT-PCCA-2011-3.1-0382, Contract no. 53/2012.

Project name
Urban blocks in central protected area in multiple hazard approach -
assessment, mapping and strategies for risk mitigation.
Case study: Bucharest destructured zone by razing occuring in the communist period
Contracting authority UEFISCDI
Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI)
Coordinating Organisation UAUIM
University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” Bucharest
Academiei Street no. 18-20, Bucharest / email: / website:
Legal Representative: Rector prof.univ.dr.arch. Zeno Bogdănescu
Project Manager: Prof.univ.dr.arch. Cristina Olga Gociman
Consortium members INCD
Partner (P1): The National Institute of Research and Development in Construction, Urbanism and Sustainable Territorial Development “URBAN-INCERC”
Pantelimon Road no.266, Bucharest / email: / website:
Legal Representative: Director Vasile Meiţă
Person incharge from Partner 1: Emil Sever Georgescu
Project Duration 36 months (August 2012 – June 2015)
Project Manager Prof.dr.arch. Cristina Olga GOCIMAN e-mail / tel. 0400 734591435
Download full project details: URBASRISK.pdf

Executive summary

The habitat is a special-functional network where the home – as a basic structure coexists with the complementary public structures, commercial, educational, health and leisure facilities. The configuration of the habitat is an expression of the geoclimatic, social-politics and religious determinations of each community as a result of its organic development. The brutal destruction of the habitat as a result of communist demolition and multi-hazard exposure represents one of the major losses and threats to Romanian capital Bucharest. Urban blocks of the central protected area are exposed to multiple hazards and need strategies for risk mitigation. The case study area will be located in a central protected zone with a lot of patrimony habitat adjacent to the major axis E-W of Bucharest, in proximity of the Parliament Palace. Which was traumatized by earlier interventions during the dictatorship of Ceausescu and is therefore inhomogenous. Regarding the protection of architectural, urban, historic and natural environment values as a whole, a maximum level of protection was recommended. Diminishing multi-hazard risk through architectural, structural and urban planning in this area for: buildings, building proximities, urban sector, locality, region-territory area is a major task. Investigation and mapping of the characteristics specific for hazard of the location, the exposed risk elements, their vulnerability and the resulted risk (direct and indirect losses), as well as establishing the accepted risk and the identification of the secure habitat typology with patrimonial identity for urban development and post-disaster reconstruction. The research is proposing the scientific substantiation of some management operations for the reduction of disaster risk of the built space and the space under post-disaster reconstruction with keeping the continuity and specificity of the urban habitat, in order to preserve the feeling of civic affiliation.

Project objectives

Dimishing multihazard risk through spatial architecture and urban planning in this area for: buildings, building proximities, urban sector, locality, region-territory area.

Risk management was seen by the fundamental principle of sustainability like in Brundtland Report:

The project presents many elements of original thinking and novelty, because: