Urbanlab Chisinau is a non-government organization established in 2017. Our primary focus is promoting a balanced, place-based development, with respect towards ecological, cultural and social values. To achieve this, we implement a wide range of activities in fields such as urban planning, conservation and development.
We carry out research, devise tools for innovative planning and propose ways for successful implementation. We actively promote sustainable development principles to wider audiences.
We design and implement development projects which respect social and cultural values. We develop long-lasting partnerships with other local and international organizations that share the same values.
We assist public, private and civic actors into elaborating and implementing policies and programs in support for local communities.
ArcheoDanube is a transnational project implemented in 12 countries of the Danube Region (Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Austria, Moldova, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria). Urbanlab Chisinau is the project partner in Moldova, in cooperation with the Municipality of Chisinau. The project aims to improve and intensify cooperation among relevant actors in DTP in order to preserve, support and valorize urban archaeological heritage as a tool for sustainable development. The project is co-financed by the European Union Regional Funds through the Danube Interreg Programme, the Municipality of Chisinau and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research. The total budget of ArcheoDanube in Moldova is 136,325.00 Euro.
The city of Chisinau lacks a proper system of protection of urban heritage, especially regulations and know-how about correct conservation practices. To address this challenge, Urbanlab has developed a publication aiming to guide, present and promote ways to conserve historic buildings by maintaining their cultural significance. The Guidelines is a primary information tool for owners of historic buildings, decision-makers and heritage specialists. The project was co-funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research and the Municipality of Chisinau. Full text here.
A series of research and promotional actions aiming to explore the conservation and refunctioning of the Chisinau Circus. The Chisinau Circus is one of the most remarkable buildings in Moldova with a distinguished brutalist architecture and specific functionality. Built in 1982 as part of a large architectural programme in the former USSR, the Chisinau Circus is nowadays in a state of neglect. The recognition and appreciation by the citizen of Chisinau and by the professional community are, however, high. This opens up opportunities for creative conservation of the building and its functional adaptation.
The project is a national campaign aimed to promote urban heritage as valuable resource for social and economic development through supporting local bottom-up heritage-based actions. The initiative identifies civic initiatives illustrating ways in which cultural heritage becomes an accessible resource that is part of the local communities’ living environment. The project is implemented in the context of the designation of 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage and is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova. See the project brochure here.
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