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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/62/S27.086

INTEGRATING BROWNFIELD SITES INTO CITY REDEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

A.M. MOSCOVICI, O.A. BANESCU, R. VADUVA
Tuesday 12 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-13-3 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 62, 675-682 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/62/S27.086

ABSTRACT

As a result of increasing of urban population cities are currently facing a growing demand for space for residential, commercial, industrial or leisure use. Brownfield sites are very common in Romania, especially in big cities like Timisoara and in former industrial cities. Reusing brownfields is a way forward for the Romanian cities. There are many inspiring examples of brownfields regeneration in the EU, but every site is unique (including regulations, landowners, market attractiveness etc.) and all these particular aspects have to be considered. There is a clearly need for better understanding of the factors underlying the occurrence of brownfield sites and why they are still derelict. The aim of this paper is to highlight the importance of brownfields identification and the necessity of managing the further development of these sites, especially because Timisoara won the title of European Capital of Culture (year 2021). We focus particularly to develop a brownfield sites inventory to indicate the industrial sites that are underused or abandoned or industrial spaces that do not serve existent market needs. In the context of challenges of urban development, we can imagine an infinite number of possible solutions for creating sustainable cities. Unlocking these sites and reuse them in a more sustainable way may have multiple benefits for the public and private sectors, and for citizens, in general. The involvement of all stakeholders (landowners, authorities, investors, experts, community, etc.) in developing concept plans, evaluating and refining the possibilities for the redevelopment of brownfield sites can be a challenge, but is more efficient and can add value to the city. Reusing brownfield sites is also about mitigating the climate change and tackle environmental challenges that cities are facing with: urban sprawling, pollution, urban flooding, increased temperature etc. Some recommendations for future redevelopment plans are also proposed.

Keywords: brownfield, sustainable city, urban planning, climate action.