Participation and spatial transformation in large housing estates in Poland. Case study of Ursynów Północny

Krystyna Ilmurzyńska


This article investigates the suitability of traditional and participatory planning approaches in managing the process of spatial development of existing housing estates, based on the case study of Warsaw’s Ursynów Północny district. The basic assumption of the article is that due to lack of government schemes targeted at the restructuring of large housing estates, it is the business environment that drives spatial transformations and through that shapes the development of participation. Consequently the article focuses on the reciprocal relationships between spatial transformations and participatory practices. Analysis of Ursynów Północny against the background of other estates indicates that it presents more endangered qualities than issues to be tackled. Therefore the article focuses on the potential of the housing estate and good practices which can be tracked throughout its lifetime. The paper focuses furthermore on real-life processes, addressing the issue of privatisation, development pressure, formal planning procedures and participatory budgeting. In the conclusion it attempts to interpret the existing spatial structure of the estate as a potential framework for a participatory approach.
Author Krystyna Ilmurzyńska (FA / DFAUD)
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- Department of Fundamentals of Architectural and Urban Design
Journal seriesUrban Development Issues, ISSN 2544-624X, e-ISSN 2544-6258, (0 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)5
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ScoreMinisterial score = 5.0, 16-12-2019, ArticleFromJournal
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