Date: 2021/22

Location: Romania

Field: Urban planning

Use: Mixed

Size: 500+ ha

On the background of Brasov municipality updating its urban regulations (i.e., its General Urban Plan – PUG), we were commissioned to carry an analysis of landmarks based on street profiles (i.e., an altimetry study*) in three of the city’s neighborhoods (Est Zizin- industrial, Noua Darste – residential and Poiana Brasov – touristic) to be integrated in a city-wide analysis. Conclusions of the analysis carried for the three neighborhoods included poor orientation and cohesion in older industrial and collective housing areas, underpinned by insufficient landmark presence, fragmentation and lack of diversity. This also applied to low rise residential areas, though to a lesser extent, while touristic areas could be enhanced by better integration of existing landmarks in walkable infrastructure/street level public space.

* Altimetry studies are a common fixture of urban regulations, as they highlight key information useful for urban development such as facility to orientate in different areas of the city (depending for instance on how visible local landmarks are) or walkability and cohesion of streets and areas.