New book lays bare Bratislava’s (un)planned urban development

Architectural historians discover city’s unique phenomenon of ‘unintentional continuity’.

The Inner Ring Road/The Ambiguous RingThe Inner Ring Road/The Ambiguous Ring (Source: Olja Triaška Stefanović)

Anyone who has stood on a hill outside Bratislava and looked down across the capital will have seen a city with a small old town centre dominated by a castle, modern high-rise tower blocks close by that same centre, and the rest of the city spreading out with housing estates dotted randomly in various districts, and a massive oil refinery in one of its suburbs.

The view has prompted more than one observer to ask the question: Was there ever any plan behind this?

Now, a team of experts have pored over historical plans, maps, notes and archive newspapers and (sort of) come up with an answer.

The result of their decade of research is a 2.5 kg-heavy book in both Slovak and English, called Bratislava (ne)plánované mesto/Bratislava (un)planned city, which, its authors say, should help city planners as well as the general public to better understand why Bratislava looks the way it does and better prepare them for discussions about its future development.

“There are large gaps in our understanding of Bratislava,” said Henrieta Moravčíková, one of the book’s authors. “Its (un)planned nature makes Bratislava unique - it is its identity.”

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

The Constitutional Court in Košice.

State quarantine interferes with personal freedom, the court decided

The Constitutional Court did not accept the complaints of the ombudswoman concerning the bill for state quarantine.


32m
Illustrative stock photo

Christmas with curfew, family visits will not be an exception

Stricter measures will come back if hospitalisations reach a critical level.


19 h

News digest: Slovak government eases measures but closes schools

First wave of easing the measures starts on Friday. President Čaputová listed among 100 most powerful women. Districts in western and central Slovakia should prepare for heavy snowfall.


18 h
Illustrative stock photo

Booster or bust: Foreigners still face vaccine barriers in Slovakia

How to have your Covid vaccine doses received abroad recognised in Slovakia.


7. dec
Skryť Close ad