Spatial Planning versus Realized Construction in Bratislava: Zonal Planning, a Case Study Dúbravka

  • Peter Horák Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Faculty of Architecture


The article deals with the implications of the spatial planning process in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The article highlights the need for the formation of zonal plans as a possible solution to the improvement of a certain territory regarding spatial planning. Bratislava, from the perspective of urban planning and design, is a diverse city representing a model for understanding the formation of the urban structure through various political and economic principles. The dynamics of the city’s development after the Second World War was conditioned by new technological and prefabrication constructions, and required new concepts for residential areas that could exceed the geographical barriers; specifically, the Danube River and the Carpathian Mountains, thus enabling further development of the city. In this article, the Carpathian region is presented by a case study of Dúbravka. To understand the developmental process of this area, basic historical, economic, and technical factors are presented. The phases of the realised construction and their comparison with spatial plans show the impacts that affect the functioning of this city part and the city as a whole, to the current day. Positive and negative aspects, potential and new development ideas are described. The existing current spatial plan and the relevant legislation take these aspects into account. The article critically evaluates the current spatial planning methods in the selected area.
Keywords: spatial planning, mass housing, Bratislava, Dúbravka
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How to Cite
Horák, P. (2016) “Spatial Planning versus Realized Construction in Bratislava: Zonal Planning, a Case Study Dúbravka”, Periodica Polytechnica Architecture, 47(1), pp. 41-48.