For many years, there were discussions about how Constanța can turn to face the sea again. About how the potential of this area can be exploited, for a spectacular view of the sea, the beach or the port.
Well, our team has decided to walk the walk and came up with a strategy for that untapped potential. Our strategy was quite simple: we concentrated on the pedestrian.
Constanta Peninsula – Promenade Concept and Park Design
A solution concentrated on the pedestrian.
Before implementing the urban regeneration process, our team visited the Modern Beach and Touristic Port areas. We discovered that the locations were undeveloped and unstructured, with no rest areas, covered areas or even street furniture available.
The current situation was thoroughly analyzed, and our response was that the area would have much to gain from the generation of new access roads, along with rest areas, children playgrounds, various alleys, cafes, information points, interactive maps, spaces for renting bicycles, scooters, scooters, etc. Both social and economic gain would be pretty obvious to the community, given the potential of the area. Moreover, another effect would ultimately be to increase the quality of life for the city's residents. Keeping the nature of the green platform space, as well as the identity of the place, we proposed to reactivate and capitalize on the existing green space by connecting the different levels of public space. Capitalizing on the current green platform can only be done if people are there to use it.
All this information (current situation vs. proposed solutions) was presented to the local authorities. In that report, among other things, we recommended that the stairs leading down to the Modern Beach and Tomis Port (as well as the road arteries) be rebuilt. This would lead to the socio-economic development of the area, because a space used by people acquires intrinsic value.
The local authorities agreed with our recommendations and moved on to implementing them. At the moment, the stairs leading down to the beach have been rebuilt, and the green cliff has been sanitized.
This project was a partnership with the World Bank, and what we did was to develop a starting point and a source of inspiration for local authorities. From here, they will be able to build a long-term strategy for the regeneration and transformation of the urban space.
This is part of a series of articles about our collaboration with The World Bank.
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