• Daily use of Saint Mary the Protector's Square
    Sfânta Maria Protectoare Square
  • Intervention plan along Kogalniceanu Street
  • Sports event in Saint George's Square
    Sfântul Gheorghe Square
  • Axonometric views of Kogalniceanu Street
    Daily use (left) - Market day (center) - Sports event (right)
  • Daily use of the new Romanian Academy Square
    Academiei Române Square
  • Tree planter, paving grading, bench, water fountain, bollard, drainage, commemorative plate
    Urban furniture and pavement details

Urban Intervention in Cluj-Napoca

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

This project for a new urban intervention in Cluj-Napoca focuses around the development of Mihail Kogalniceanu Street. It aims to transform this historical setting into a new center for social interaction, civic activity and connectivity.

Five new squares or civic hubs are defined along the course of Kogalniceanu Street. These plazas are placed on the intersections with all secondary streets. Furthermore, these five new hubs are interconnected by a physical network of vegetation and semi-permeable continuous paving. In addition, a set of digital platforms that encourage and facilitate civic participation builds up an intangible network. The courtyards of the adjacent institutional buildings are also considered as potential future expansions of the public realm.

Overall, this new urban plan consists of a series of strategies that identify and utilize the existing opportunities for improving different aspects of social life. These include sustainable mobility, preservation of historical heritage and social interaction. These strategies also aim to improve climatic conditioning and the users’ well-being. In conclusion, this new urban intervention in Cluj-Napoca is aimed to redefine the quality of public spaces and the citizens’ public life.


263.234 sqm

Cluj-Napoca City hall

Jaime Daroca
José Mayoral
José Ramón Sierra
Sebastián Peñas

Juan Ramón Samaniego
Sofía Valdivia