- Perception of the Industrial Areas Conversion in Romanian Cities- Indicator of Human Settlements Sustainability    click here to open paper content534 kb
by    Saghin, Irina & Ioja, Cristian & Gavrilidis, Athanasios Alexandru | irina_saghin@yahoo.fr   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
In Romania, the post-communist period has meant enabling the conversion
processes. Most of the industrial areas have changed their function, engendering territorial imbalances that especially affected the residentsí
quality of life.
Abstract
The study assesses peopleís perception on how the active industrial sites
were converted in the post-communist period and on the perceived impacts.
The evaluation of the population and public authoritiesí perception was
achieved by applying questionnaires in 15 Romanian industrial cities, being
under various stages of managing the conversion processes (total or partial
abandonment, conversion to other functions, reconversion, maintenance of
the initial activity).
The population and the public authoritiesí perception towards the
conversion processes of the industrial areas illustrates the random and
opportunistic evolution specific for the post-communist period, that
didnít take into account the social, economic and environmental risks. By
not integrating the populationís perception in the approach for the
conversion processes of the industrial sites, the accumulation of social
tensions was favored. On the other side, in most of the situations, the
industrial conversion meant inserting superior functions from an urban,
social, economic and environmental point of view.
Hereby, the human settlementsí sustainability depends on the way the
conversion process of the industrial sites are managed and on how the new
function is accepted by the population and satisfies its needs.
Keywords
industrial sites conversion, perception, sustainability, Romania
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