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Volume 9, Issue 3 (Sep 2017)

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Public Space and the Efficiency of the New Residential Zones in Small Slovak Towns and Villages

Alžbeta Sopirová
  • Institute of Urban Design and Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology Bratislava, Námestie slobody 19, 812 45, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Published Online: 2017-10-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/euco-2017-0032

Abstract

The paper deals with the issue of creation of new public spaces in emerging residential areas in rural settlements and small towns. The developers of the new residential zones currently pursue their private interests and the specific rural structure is complemented by isolated residential complexes without relation to the centre of the settlement and structure of the main public spaces. The hypothesis that the efficient residential structure can be achieved even at a higher percentage of active and vibrant public spaces is verified at eleven case studies in three selected settlements (Bernolákovo, Brezno, Chorvátsky Grob – Čierna Voda). The examined proposals (case studies) showed that despite the wide application of social and recreational public spaces and the large percentage of green area per capita, the site coverage coefficient was comparable and the population density was even higher than the current standards of development. In conclusion, it is possible to say, that the creation of public spaces in a residential zone does not adversely affect the efficiency of the new development. On the contrary, it brings a lot of benefits.

Keywords: small towns; rural settlements; residential zone; public space; efficiency

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Published Online: 2017-10-07

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Citation Information: European Countryside, ISSN (Online) 1803-8417, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/euco-2017-0032.

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