Constanta WAVE Living Lab 2021

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Country please enter the country here
Topics please enter the main topics of your living lab
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  • Why do you think this case is relevant? What is your hypothesis considering the landscape challenges?
  • Format: 3-4 sentences

Location and scope

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Water as a natural system

Geomorphology, typologies and dynamics of water areas

  • Describe the water areas of your area in the contxt of the wider water system
  • How does water appear in the landscape of your living lab? What types of water areas are common?
  • Please identify the water bodies' catchment areas, tributaries and floodplains
  • Which dynamics do these water areas have?
  • Have there been any flood events in the past?
  • add 2-3 graphical representations to the image gallery, you can add more if you like

Water as a living space

  • Which habitats can be found in and along the water areas of your area?
  • How is the water quality in your water areas?
  • Which areas are still natural, which are urbanised/artificial?
  • Are the rivers permeable for fish or blocked by artificial elements?(approx 200 signs)
  • add 1-2 graphical representations to the image gallery, you can add more if you like

Blue and Green Infrastructure

  • What are the major potential elements of a green/blue infrastructure network? Are these likely to change/disappear? Why is that?
  • You find my background material on green infrastructure in our reading list
  • add 1-2 graphical representations to the image gallery, you can add more if you like

Water as a cultural space

Land use and water

  • map the land uses along your water areas: settlements, infrastructure, agriculture, resource extraction, natural areas, energy production...
  • describe in particular the historical evolution of land use pattern, please make use of historical maps
  • description evolution, status quo and driving forces, is the land use likely to change? Why is that? (approx 200 signs)
  • add 1-2 graphical representations to the image gallery, you can add more if you like

Cultural and spatial typologies of water areas

  • Which spatial patterns have evolved in relation to your water areas?
  • What is the role of water areas within the overall urban morphology? (approx 200 signs)
  • add 1-2 graphical representations to the image gallery, you can add more if you like

Sacred spaces and heritage

  • Which places/elements hold cultural value and to whom?
  • You may add a map and some images, please also explain in your caption why these elements are valuable

Visual appearance and landscape narrative

  • Which elements are essential for the landscape character?
  • Has the landscape been painted or otherwise depicted, when and whom? Which elements are essential?
  • Which narratives exist? Who has written about this landscape or depicted it in some way?
  • You can add text and images

Water and People

Accessibility and usability

  • Where are your water areas accessible, and where not? How strong are spatial obstacles preventing access?
  • Who is using the spaces and how?

Community Mapping

What is to be mapped here?

  • Social groups from within the community, for example the youth, kids, students, parents, the retired etc. Typically, these groups have specific needs, which you can also make explicit on the map. These people might not be organized in any way, but they are usually present in the context you are observing
  • Local stakeholder groups: these groups are organized in one or the other way. They only exist within the community context you are observing. For example: the local community center, local churches, local interest groups, the landowners, small businesses and retailers
  • External stakeholder groups are not necessarily present in the environment you are observing, but they may have strong stakes and interests. These can be local authorities, politicians, associations, care services etc.
  • For each group, you may identify their needs, objectives, power and capacities
  • You may also identify gaps and power conflicts

If we look at the evolution of the northern area of Mamaia, we will easily notice that urban expansion is becoming more and more widespread, the last years being marked by the most successful recorded by all the real estate developers of the holiday resort. However, it is important to note that, like many other cases, urban development plans often run counter to the regulation drawn up by legislation to protect the environment. Anthropogenic aggression exerts a negative influence on Lake Siutghiol, on its eastern and northeastern shores can be found buildings of ten and even fifteen floors, which do not comply with the height regime suitable for proximity to the lake system and, last but not least, the beach. Although the regulation in force provides for compliance with a certain height regime in this area, which, as a rule, must not exceed five floors in the immediate vicinity of the lake, the newly erected buildings far exceed those regulations. The land was largely illegally returned, when the administration from 2002 to 2016 was ceding the land very easily, and the legality of these actions is being challenged to this day. This significantly affects the lake ecosystem, creating harmful artificial shade for the fauna and fauna, but also generating additional pollution through the properly unremixed construction sites, with a lot of waste ending up in the water. At the same time, the collective of architects of the city of Constanta argue that, in a region whose soil consists mainly of sedimentary rocks, such as the entire coastal region of Dobrogea, the height of buildings should not exceed a maximum of six floors, this criterion being intended to ensure the safety and durability of buildings in the event of a major earthquake. On the other hand, real estate developers are trying to find "free loopholes", going strictly on their own interest based, in turn, on economic criteria. The tourist potential of the area is huge, with Lake Siutghiol providing access to water on the western side of the resort, providing an ideal place for water sports. In other words, the seaside grind that separated the sea from the lake offers a whole range of tourist opportunities, and the geographically limited space forces developers to narrow down, choosing the land in the vicinity of the lake to erect residential spaces that are offered for closing during the summer season. It would certainly be best for legal regulations to be reviewed, intelligently and sustainably designed, without leaving room for interpretation, because the environment is the support of life and, fairly and sustainably, can also meet the needs of real estate developers, who could focus on green tourism rather than uncontrolled urban expansion.

  • Please try to redepict these elements in an integrated way and in relation to your water landscape. What is the relationship between these groups? Are they close or distanced from each other? Who is more powerful? Which voices are hardly heard? Do they have any shared concerns?

Possible Futures

  • You can summarize your findings with a SWOT diagram and a DPSI(R) Model
  • Link back to the Sustainable Development Goals: Which goals are at risk?
  • What is your worst case scenario for this landscape?
  • What is your best case scenario for this landscape?
  • Present your scenarios in the form of a collage or sketch
  • Add text and visuals

Collaborative Goal Setting

  • Define strategic planning objectives based on the evaluation findings from your analysis
  • Ideally, involve the community of your living labs into this process
  • Link back to your original targets from section one and the Development Goals
  • 150 words text contribution

Spatial Strategy and Transect

  • translate your strategic goals into a vision
  • develop a spatial translation of your vision
  • exemplify your vision in the form of a transect with concrete interventions
  • add map(s) and visualizations

From Theory of Change to Implementation

  • For implementing your vision: Which partnerships are needed? Which governance model is required?
  • Who needs to act and how? Draw and explain a change/process model/timeline
  • Which resources are needed? On which assets can you build?
  • add 150 words text and visuals


  • give a full list of the references you have used for your case

Process Reflection

  • Reflect in your intercultural and interdisciplinary team on the outcomes of your study
  • Which limitations were you facing?
  • What have you learnt from each other?
  • What did you learn in the Living Labs?
  • What would you do differently next time?
  • You can also use diagrams/visuals
  • 250 words text