Inter-war Bucharest: city in a garden
This paper provides an account of the unique historical and contextual circumstances that laid the foundations for the emergence of Bucharest as a prominent European capital city during the 1930s. It analyses the geographical location and urban fabric of Bucharest during the years leading up to Romania's independence after the end of the First World War, and the urban planning initiatives that contributed to the Master Plan of 1934-5. The paper illustrates the manner in which this document stimulated a variety of urban place-making interventions, and provided the framework for the regeneration of the city, focused on major boulevards, with an architecture that stands comparison with the best of the European Modern Movement.
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