Project Housing Estates, What's Next approaches another significant point of its existence, which is represented by release of English edition of the book with identical title. The release is supported by International Visegrad Fund:
The publication summarizes the results of a research project of the same name. It comprises three parts: an introductory theoretical part, devoted to the analysis of the origins of the housing estates, with a general summary of their potential for further development. The second part presents eighteen design models and two pilot projects for modifications to particular localities in Czech cities. The last part of the book is devoted to data surveys and comparisons using graphs: it contains the results of analyses of surveyed sites at Czech housing estates, comparisons of the individual case studies, and an overview of the most interesting examples of housing-estate regeneration in Europe during the last 25 years.
The international context is important not only with regard to the experience of Western Europena countries where they have been addressing the question of housing-estate urban renewal for about 40 years now. It also makes sense for a comparison with the surrounding Central European countries that are closer to czech geographical and historical conditions. With shared history and culture, whixh also reflects often similar characteristics of the traditional built environment, local housing estates are also likely to share common features.
English edition of the book will be therefore enriched with a written contribution of our visegrad partners aiming to put the whole project into Visegrád-region and national context:
Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Budapest
Anna Agata Kantarek
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Crakow University of Technology