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Urbani izziv Volume 27, No. 1, June 2016 : 113–122

UDK: 316.334.56:005.418:711.432(4-11+4-191.2)
DOI: 10.5379/urbani-izziv-en-2016-27-01-002

 

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Author

Jasna MARIOTTI

Queen’s University Belfast, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Belfast, United Kingdom
jasna.mariotti@gmail.com

Janez KOŽELJ

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana, Slovenia
janez.kozelj@fa.uni-lj.si

 

Title

Tracing post-communist urban restructuring: Changing centralities in central and eastern European capitals

 

Abstract

Rapid political and economic changes after the collapse of communism led to dynamic processes of urban restructuring in cities, replacing old patterns and models of growth with ones in which capital and the market economy were central to growth and development. The transformation towards a market economy and the reintroduction of land ownership required the establishment of a new and decentralised decision-making system, with direct consequences for cities’ structure and form. As part of these urban transformations, there were clear changes in location patterns of retail structures in cities, illustrating diverse patterns of post-communist cities’ spatial organisation. This article explores and provides insight into some special features of this transformation, both before and after the collapse of communism, in Bucharest, Budapest, Prague and Sofia. Examining these cities offers an overview of post-communist spatial restructuring processes and explores their changing centralities, which ultimately led to fragmented cities and disintegrated urban fabric. This comparative study also outlines how different development patterns can arise in cities that shared a similar past.

 

Key Words

centralities, decentralisation, fragmentation, peripheries, post-communist cities

 

 

 

 

PUBLISHER

Urbanistični inštitut RS
Urbani izziv - Editorial Board
Trnovski pristan 2, 1000 Ljubljana, SLO

  + 386 (0)1 420 13 10
  urbani.izziv@uirs.si

ISSN

Print edition: 0353-6483
Web edition: 1855-8399

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SCImago Journal & Country Rank

SNIP: 0,357 (Quartile: Q2)
CiteScore: 0,44

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