Shaping spaces around us is a lifelong challenge.

This processes diver from neighborhood to neighborhood; city to city; country to country and even continent to continent. The reason for conference called landscape transformations was to open a dialogue between professions that are recently involved in this global space change. The topic was narrowed to European post-communist countries which had to deal with new challenges of landscape development, transitions or degradation.

Our goals were first to present and discuss recent knowledge and findings of various student projects and thesis.

Second, increase collaboration and information exchange between professions that has landscape as a common ground and third to develop a trans- disciplinary framework of cause and effect relationships that influence landscape stability and sustainability for the future.

We listed over 130 email addresses of professional and educational institutions in 15 European countries and received responses from 10 (Czech Republic, Netherlands, Macedonia, Poland, Austria, Croatia, Latvia, Slovakia, Albania, and Hungary). From all received abstracts we formulated six thematic topics, which were policy and technology, cultural landscape, theory, public spaces, regeneration and public riverfronts.

The conference took place at the Czech Chamber of Architects in Prague and lasted for three days in October 17th to 19th, 2013.

We would like to thank all speakers for their participation, great energy and willingness to discuss all identified issues and we hope to continue with this topic in larger context in following years.

Martina Sarvašová

Faculty of Architecture

Department of Spatial Planning

Czech Technical University in Prague


The conference proceeding free download: conference_proceeding_2013.pdf

edited by Kristýna Stará
in cooperation with Milan Macoun, Jan Richtr and Martina Sarvašová
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Essays and Videos

Conference Video Summary:

List of participants, keynote speakers and essays according to the selected topics. The list also includes video records and abstracts.

1. Policy and Technology

Henry Hanson (CZ) - Keynote speaker
Opening speach
Györk Fülöp (HU)
Landscape Diversity Modelling on Geographic Analogue Sites in Central Europe
Pages 012 - 017
Katarzyna Piskorek (PL)
From Decentralization to Participation. Evolution and Challenges for Public Involvement in Post-Communist Countries
Pages 018 - 021
Jan Barski (PL)
Modern Methods of Diagnosing and Predictiong Changes in Spatial-Functional Structure of a City. New Infrastruture and Degraded Areas in Wrocław
Pages 022 - 029

2. Cultural Landscape

Conrad Armstrong (USA) - Keynote speaker
Speech title
Jitka Straková, Veronika Gaube, Peter Verburg, Stanislav Grill, Keith Edwards (CZ, AU)
Drivers of Agricultural Abandonment: Case Study from the Šumava Mountains, Czech Republic
Pages 032 - 041
Madara Markova (LT)
Historical Transformation of Latgale Church Landscape
Pages 042 - 048
Jan Richtr, Henry W.A. Hanson, Matthew Potteiger (CZ, USA)
Effects of Globalization and Historic Events on Landscape Character of Czech-Austrian Borderland
Pages 050 - 053
Attila Tóth (SK)
Rural Landscape Transformations by the Example of the Village Tvrdošovce in Slovakia 
Pages 054 - 059

3. Theory

Alexander Stipsits (Keynote speaker)
Speech title
Page 061
Helena Gutmane, Jan Schreurs, Peteris Skinkis (LV)
Urban Project in Riga’s Public Space: Behind the Curtain of Rational Decision
Pages 062 - 069
Kristýna Stará (CZ)
Transformation and Perception
Pages 070 - 077
Martina Sarvašová (CZ)
Landscape Architecture as a Profession
Pages 078 - 084

4. Public Spaces

Pavel Borecký (Keynote speaker)
Why Do We Need to Transform Urban Planners into Vision Builders?
Pages 090 - 099
Aleksandra Gierko
Ways of Development of Small Urban Spaces in Wrocław 
Pages 100 - 105
Katerina Despot, Vaska Sandeva (MK)
Using Sculpture, Principle of Common Links Between Art and Park
Pages 106 - 111
Vaska Sandeva, Katerina Despot (MK)
Status, Problems and Trends to Address Green Space in Skopje, Macedonia 
Pages 112 - 117
Veronika Kovacsova (NL)
Urban Permeability: On Plants and Plinths
Pages 118 - 125
Tomáš Pavelka, Attila Tóth (CZ, SK)
Public Will Versus Development Pressure in Urban Landscape Transformations: Case Study Nové Zámky
Pages 126 - 130

5. Regeneration

Henry Hanson (CZ) (Keynote Speaker)
Urban Transformation, Pittsburgh
Pages 134 - 140
Wojciech Spyrka, Wójcik Jerzy (PL)
Sustainable Retail Mall Redevelopment
Pages 142 - 148
Kateřina Čechová (CZ)
Role of Railway in a Transformation of Cities: Case Study of Smíchov, Prague
Pages 150 - 158
Tereza Vokurková (CZ)
Industrial Heritage Landscapes Comparative Study: Schio (Italy) versus Nové Město pod Smrkem (Czech Republic)
Pages 160 - 169

6. Public Riverfronts

Sara Stojaković (HR)
Rijeka: Many Challenges of a Waterfront Transformation
Pages 172 - 179
Ivana Andrejic-Djukic (SRB)
Open Space Utilisation of Danube Inner-City Watersides in Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade
Pages 180 - 185
Artan Hysa (AL)
Comparing Two Examples of Albanian Industrial Heritage Sites Along Urban Rivers
Pages 186 - 195
Małgorzata Okołowicz, Magdalena Budyta, Marta Warmińska (PL)
The Vistula Riverfront in Warsaw, Poland: Nature and Public Needs
Pages 196 - 199


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