Analyzing the spatial patterns of the urban development in post-socialist cities from Eastern and Central Europe

Abstract : The fall of the communism represents an important element in the history and geography of Central and Eastern Europe. It is clear that its impact was not only on the institutional, political and socio-economic processes, but also on the urban morphology and functionality. Nevertheless, the most often, in the literature, these particularities are explained through the prism of the first processes mentioned above, while the quantification of the spatial processes is quasi-absent. Therefore, this research aims to outline some of the morphological and functional spatial patterns that characterize the post-socialist city from countries of Central and Eastern Europe that are members of the European Union. Using a quantitative methodology, that combines both statistical and GIS methods, the study analyses 132 cities, chosen based on demographic criteria, but also in regard to their position in the national hierarchy. Consequently, the main questions of the study focus on identifying what particularities (if any) can be identified for the morphological and functional pattern of the cities from Central and Eastern Europe? What role (if any) plays the socialist heritage in the spatial patterns of the urban development of post-socialist cities from Eastern and Central Europe? And finally, are there similarities or dissimilarities in regard to the western European city?
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Alexandra Sandu, Lydia Coudroy de Lille, Octavian Groza. Analyzing the spatial patterns of the urban development in post-socialist cities from Eastern and Central Europe. 59th ERSA Congress Cities, regions and digital transformations: opportunities, risks and challenges, Aug 2019, Lyon, France. ⟨halshs-02189457⟩

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