Citizens and the city in ecological transition

Towards a collective strategic platform

In the context of ecological and political crisis, the cities are in need of active citizens, involved experts, ethical entrepreneurs and a visionary administration, and to collaborate for building practical solutions on short, medium and long term. In the local context, these types of collaborations are isolated, partial, small-scale and limited in impact.

This process aims to open a space for dialogue and action from the citizens and professionals towards the public administration, while encouraging also the economical actors to join the systemic change based on

These principles for action are part of a document which is the first result of a collective effort. The chart exposed here at BETA 2020 is a first step in activating this network for change, where citizens, groups, civic initiatives and experts are sharing applied knowledge and a model of good practice, working as a reference for future actions, public policies and collective initiatives.

First steps

The Seminar and The Workshop

On 15-16th November 2019, the seminar “Citizens and the City in Ecological Transition” took place in Bucharest. Initiated by Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou from Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée (aaa), the seminar was organized in the framework of Bucharest Annual by studioBASAR, together with Association for Urban Transition (ATU), with the support of Romanian Order of Architects Bucharest. The seminar started with a series of presentations and discussions structured by 3 themes – Participative Governance, Ecology and Urban Commons – and continued with a workshop where participants proposed principles and actions based on the existing situation in Bucharest.

On 22nd of February 2020 a series of workshops followed which aimed to validate the collective product realized in the previous seminar and to establish a platform for urban strategies , to set its direction for actions and to draft possible activation scenarios.

The project now continues at BETA2020 between September 25 and October 25, 2020 and we invite you to join.

Seminar organizers 15-16 November 2019:

Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée (aaa), studioBASAR, Asociația pentru Tranziția Urbană (ATU) Lectures presentations: Doina Petrescu și Constantin Petcou (aaa), Oana Preda (CeRe), Mihai Hofman (Grupul de Inițiativă Civică Lacul Tei), Marinela Rață și Elvira Cucu Dumitrescu (Grupul de Inițiativă Civică Kiseleff), Vera Marin (ATU), Alex Axinte și Cristi Borcan (studioBASAR), Silviu Medeșan (La Terenuri), Felicia Ienculescu-Popovici și Marius Ienculescu-Popovici (Greenmogo), Matei David (Grupul de Inițiativă Civică Cișmigiu), Raluca Voinea (, Dinu Drog (Cooperativa de Energie), Ștefan Ghenciulescu – moderator dezbatere (Zeppelin).

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Workshop organizers 22nd February 2020:

Alex Axinte, Cristi Borcan, Andra Dumitru, Vera Marin, Ruxandra Mocanu, Alexandra Ștef. Workshop contributors: Maria Alexandrescu, Irina Botezatu, Anca Cioarec, Anca Crețu, Diana Culescu, Iuliana Dumitru, Elvira Cucu Dumitrescu, Obrocea David, Tudor Elian, Claudia Florescu, Iulia Hurducaș, Bogdan Iancu, Dan Ivanov, Alexandra Ion, Irina Meliță, Ilinca Macarie, Marian Stoica, Ioana Nicolescu, Brîndușa Tudor, Iulian Canov, Andra Jurgiu, Cristina Vanea, Alex Opri, Viorica Popescu și mulți alții.

Supported by: Ordinul Arhitecților București.

In the framework of: Anuala de Arhitectură 2019, 2020. Hosted by: Spațiul AWE adaptive working environment, Palatul Universul, 23-25 Ion Brezoianu St, Bucharest.

COTE Team for BETA 2020: Alex Axinte, Cristi Borcan, Andra Mitia Dumitru, Vera Marin, Ruxandra Mocanu, Alexandra Ștef, Daniela Calciu.
Illustrations: Irina Mateescu