Author Archives: irinaparaschivoiu

About irinaparaschivoiu

Urban innovation and local development. Co-founder of Urban INC (Bucharest, Romania).

Design thinking for Bucharest business district areas. Experimental workshop – outside view @Kaleidoscope

Guest authors: Irina Paraschivoiu (Urban INC), Anamaria Vrabie (Urban INC), Silje Klepsvik (Kaleidoscope Nordic), Miia-Liina Tommila (Kaleidoscope Nordic). This is the second of two posts based on an experimental workshop developed by Urban INC and Kaleidoscope (first post here, more details at the bottom). … Continue reading

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Design thinking for Bucharest business district areas. Experimental workshop – inside view @Urban INC

Guest authors: Irina Paraschivoiu (Urban INC), Anamaria Vrabie (Urban INC), Silje Klepsvik (Kaleidoscope Nordic), Miia-Liina Tommila (Kaleidoscope Nordic). This is the first of two posts (here is the second) based on an experimental workshop developed by Urban INC and Kaleidoscope (more details at … Continue reading

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Measuring urban quality of life – some challenges in practice

We have come a great way in attempting to define what quality of life and wellbeing are, as ultimate goals urban policies. In this post, I argue that for many cities, particularly in middle-income and low-income countries, there are significant … Continue reading

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The promises of participatory budgeting

In a previous post, I was writing about participatory practices in urban development, particularly from the point of view of neighbourhood planning. A few days later, while attending the Central and Eastern Europe Civil Society Forum, I took part in … Continue reading

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On participation and neighbourhood planning

I recently stumbled upon a talk given by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena at TED Global 2014. Having to come up with solutions for building adequate homes for 100 families, Aravena decided on splitting tasks with the local community, in which … Continue reading

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The roof over our policies. Why housing finance mechanisms are not enough

Slightly more than a month ago, on 15 September 2014, over 100 people were evacuated from 50 Vulturilor Street, not too far away from central Bucharest. Taken out with all their belongings onto the streets, men, women and children squatted for … Continue reading

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What resilience planning can tell us about decentralization and community engagement

By Irina Paraschivoiu “Resilience” has come to be used frequently in planning, and currently encompasses strategies dealing with economic downturns, climate change and human-induced disasters. Based on a case study on Bucharest, Romania, decentralization and community engagement are identified as … Continue reading

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Lessons learned from the World Urban Forum 7. Why the new Urban Agenda matters

By Irina Paraschivoiu (LSE) In June 2016, the United Nations will convene the Habitat III Conference which will set the agenda for international cooperation on urban issues for the next 20 years. And in April this year, the World Urban … Continue reading

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Planning and City-Region Governance: Challenges for Urban Development in Bucharest

By Irina Paraschivoiu (LSE) & Fabian Wenner (LSE) Despite sharing some of the common challenges faced by post-socialist cities, the experience of Bucharest overlaps its socialist legacy to its unique urban and administrative structure. This is why the MSc programme … Continue reading

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