Street Delivery returns to Verona Street

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Street Delivery Bucharest returns after the pandemic period on Painter Arthur Verona street, on the weekend of September 15-17. At the 18th edition, discussions are about the restoration of the role of the street as a public space, but also the transition from festival to public policy.

On the night of Saturday, September 16, for 15 minutes, between 22:00-22:15, we will resume the crossing of Magheru Boulevard in the footsteps of the pedestrian crossing abolished in the 70s – a symbolic crossing, a reconnection of the fragments of Arthur Verona Street , a reweaving, like a blink of an eye, of the Icon Garden near the Athenaeum and the Cișmigiu Garden.

Street Delivery 2023 – Shared Spaces  

Because we want sustainable and inclusive cities, because public space cannot only belong to the driver, this year we chose Shared Spaces as our working theme. For three days, we will give back public space to pedestrians, children, cyclists and all people who want to live, not just transit the city. Thus, Arthur Verona Street will become a habitable model where we will discover how we can build our future in a city for people, not just cars.

 “In 17 years of recurrence, the manifesto event Street Delivery and Arthur Verona Street were joined by various other similar manifestations – Strada Armeneasca (2014-2019), Block Party on I.L. Caragiale (2018, 2019), Women on Silks, Men on Silks, Via Sport, Urban Promenade on Calea Victoriei (2018 – 2019), Open Streets (2020 – 2023). However, temporary pedestrianization is, legislatively speaking, classified as a festival, and not seen as a tool of urban planning or urban policy of public space management. We have invited professionals from the field, public administration, civil society and investors to the public debates within Street Delivery, because it is necessary to discuss together, in the open and democratic framework of the street, how we govern our city for the common good: How much (we) cost city disappearances? and How much does heritage cost (us)?”—Maria Duda, BAZA architect.

On the Street Delivery stage, Norzeatic and Qinta Spartă, Valeria Stoica, Jazz Roots Bucharest, Orkid, We Singing Colors, Coven Clash, Luna Maar, Red Joy, Cristina Lupu and many others are waiting for you, and in the street you will be part of dozens of projects, ideas, workshops and exhibitions for a greener and better city.

“The Romanian Order of Architects has been supporting Street Delivery for 18 years as a strategic project to democratize public space. Opening the streets to people paves the way for livable cities, and access to quality public spaces is a civil right that the event claims. OAR recognizes that architecture is about the object as much as it is about unbuilt spaces and supports the encounters between actors necessary for systemic change.”—Ștefan Bâlici, OAR president, Street Delivery co-organizer.

“We chose to open at Street Delivery 2023 – Shared Spaces those common spaces that form the agora and deep tissues of our society, projects and concepts that answer simple questions of people on the street about the quality of life in the city — together, not separately. We have invited civic initiative groups, energy communities, peace organizations, social workers, urban planners and architects who see people first, buildings second, climate, nature and human rights activists, musicians and street artists, everyone those who believe in love, not war.”—Cristian Neagoe, co-founder and organizer of Street Delivery.

Street Delivery is a strategic project for a friendlier Bucharest, initiated by the Cărturești Foundation and the Romanian Order of Architects, financed by #TimbruDeArhitectură. Street Delivery Bucharest 2023 – Shared Spaces is an event curated by BAZA. We open the city. The visual identity of the edition is signed by George Roșu.

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