Alexandra Andone

Density and Urban Form A Multi-scalar Study on Environment Design

Bucharest, Romania 44.40° N 26.10° E

At the macro-urban scale, mobility and transport-related energy consumption were the main drivers for the proposed development of self-sufficient neighbourhoods brought together into a multi-nuclear city. At the district scale, density distribution, urban form and social vitality suggested a community-based development in which existing buildings were combined with new inserts to create the urban blocks. At this scale, the climate of Bucharest with its long, cold winters and intense levels of solar radiation, reveals a high potential for passive solar design. Solar access is achieved by appropriate spacing and orientation of building elevations, and is followed by the introduction of sun-spaces and sun-catchers into the built form.