UP-80 Urban Public Space

The Faculty of Urban Planning / Urbanism and Territorial Management
3rd Year, sem 1, 2023-2024 | Optional Course | Hours/Week: 2C | ECTS Credits: 2
Course Leader:
lect.dr.urb. Ana Opriș
Learning outcomes:
In-depth understanding of urban public space (through the method of decomposing the primary spatial elements constituting an urban public space);
Understanding the morphological structure and visual attributes of an urban public space;
Analysis of the distinctive characteristics of a public space and the diagnosis of some phenomena and processes specific to the urban public space;
Generating solutions to improve the problems specific to urban public spaces;
Creating strategic priorities in the elaboration of local policies for urban public space.
Introduction to urban public space
The evolution of urban public space in the evolution of cities (medieval – contemporary)
Definitory elements of urban public spaces
Types of urban public spaces
Consumption of urban public space
Design and functionality
Urban art in urban public space
Central area vs. periphery in the understanding of urban public space
Pedestrianization of central/historic areas - case study discussions
Contemporary urban public spaces (case studies – part I)
Contemporary urban public spaces (case studies – part II)
Contemporary urban public spaces (case studies – part III)
Notions of legal regime
Final review
Teaching Method:
Lectures, case studies and debates
A grade obtained in the final exam (50% multiple-choice answers and 50% long answers)
Lynch, K. (1964) The Image of the City, Mit Pr, ISBN: 9780262620017
Whyte, W. (1980), The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, Project for Public Spaces, ISBN 097063241X
Gehl, J. (2011), Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space, Island Pr, ISBN 9781597268271
Țurlea, C. (2008), Arhitectura și spațiile publice, Editura CADMOS, ISBN:
Eftenie, M. (2006) Pshihologia spașiului construit, Editura Universitară Ion Mincu ISBN 9737999150
Layard, A. (2016), Public space: property, lines, interruptions, Journal of Law, Property and Society