Towards ordinary quarters: the development of housing estates in Prague after transformation
OUŘEDNÍČEK, M., KOPECKÁ, Z. (2021): Towards ordinary quarters: the development of housing estates in Prague after transformation. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 1-24 [online].
The main objective of this paper is to explain and understand contemporary spatial changes within housing estates in Prague with special attention to the role of public and private
institutions. We argue that housing estates are undergoing considerable functional heterogenization and becoming integral parts of the city as a consequence of mix of commercial
development, specifc public policies and activities of local actors. We focus on two crucial aspects of the contemporary development of housing estates within the capital city of
Prague: (i) the new functional diferentiation of housing estates as a consequence of private activities and commercialization; (ii) the role of master planning and public policies on the level of both the city and self-governed city districts. Activities of commercial and public institutions are perceived as structuration processes enabled and restricted by the constraints of contemporary post-transformational city. Methodologically the paper is based
on analyses of the content of planning documents and policies (Metropolitan Plan, Strategic plan of Prague and selected documents of the city districts) and statistical information
sources that relate to three levels of spatial detail. A case study of the largest housing estate and a symbol of socialist housing in Czechia—Jižní Město—illustrates the impact of state
and municipal policies and commercialization on the local level.