The Functional Structure of Bialystok, Opportunities and Threats in the Consolidation of the City

Michal Chodorowski


Specialists in designing search new spatial language in designing urban structures and architecture projects in contemporary cities. Nowadays the “sustainability “ is present in law system and after 20 years it is possible to observe in space of the city the results of this idea. Still there are the challenges which designers need to solve.  The process especially in urban planning will be long and the results will appear more or less after ten or twenty years. Author would like to present the condition of urban structure of Bialystok, as example of city functionally  programmed, analyze it’s structure and show challenges and threats in consolidation of city.

Bialystok – the city has been rebuilding and functionally programmed after 2nd war world in modern functional model. Restricted rules and economical restrictions determined intensive land use and compact structure of the city. Planners who designed the functional program of city had understand the value of ecological and landscape aspects in their projects and finally has been realizing in existing urban structures.

Nowadays this heritage is disappearing in neoliberal policy, even the sustainability rules don't stop this process. The impact of the process will redefined the spatial program, which aspects are inadvisable and which acceptable in process of consolidation of city is main question.



urban planning, the functional city, spatial planning, history of urban development of Bialystok

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