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Post some info about urban regeneration (revitalization) in Your cities.
 

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Repairing a city center's broken heart

Urban regeneration is becoming something of a buzzword for town planners, and Warsaw has several revitalization projects on the cards, but Budapest looks set to eclipse the region with its ambitious plans to restore an entire district.

Revitalization is a complex process including social, spatial, and economical changes introduced to devastated urban locations. Its aim is to put life into stagnated and destroyed areas, improve the standard of living, revive real-estate value, and improve the image and identity of citizens.

Revitalization mainly concerns city centers. It is executed by either pulling down existing constructions or using them as a basis for rebuilding. Selecting either of these methods depends on the area's condition, yet it is the second that allows new projects to retain the tradition and atmosphere of the place. "In town planning, large revitalizing operations consisting of large investments preceded by large rampage seem to be a primitive and inefficient approach," argues Olaf Swolkień, in his article "Chasing life, a dispute on revitalization."

"In the case of the city it is extremely important to remember about the citizens' culture and their social situation," he adds.

Revitalization is considered a regional developmental priority by the European Union, with some regions receiving considerable subsidies. In Poland, revitalization projects can be financed with the help of EU structural funds, with up to a maximum of 75 percent of the qualified costs refunded, as well as with grant-in-aid from the Ministry of Economy and Labor, which refunds up to 10 percent of qualified costs.

Warsaw is also applying to the European Regional Development Fund for subsidies, as part of the Integrated Operating Program for Regional Development, to finance its simplified revitalization program for the years 2005-2013. Four districts are included in the project, two on the left side of the river Vistula, Śródmieście and Wola, and two on the right side, Praga Północ and Praga Południe.

According to the plan drawn up by Warsaw authorities, the objective of revitalizing Środmieście is the development of tourism and culture based on cultural heritage assets. The main undertaking in this area is repair and maintenance works to the ramparts of the Old Town in 2005-2013 at a cost of zł.11.77 million. The same objective is assumed in the case of the Wola district. However, in Wola social and economic enlivening is important, through improving the quality of the public space. One of the interesting projects in this area is the re-creation of a historical horse-and-tram route. This would be a major tourist attraction, as no European capital has a reproduced horse-and-tram route. The project will be finished by June 2006 and will cost zł.260,000.

However, these modest projects pale in comparison to Central Europe's largest urban regeneration project in the center of Budapest. The plan aims to revitalize the eighth district in Budapest, Józsefváros, one of the most decrepit neighborhoods in the city. "Fifty percent of flats there do not have toilets [and] there is huge unemployment," explained Tibor Tatar, the director of real-estate investment at the Futureal company. Speaking at CEPIF 2005, he said Futureal Holding is in charge of the whole project, which has been labeled Szigony-Corvin.

The involved costs of this ambitious project are estimated at HUF100 (zł.1.65) billion, with a large portion of the funds to go on non-residential developments, which will make the area more commercial, with shops, offices, and hotels.

Residential buildings present their own problems as 92 percent of the apartments in the eighth district were built before 1920, and 20 percent lack the basic comforts. The area now has a reputation as the city's ghetto.

"We must rescue this part of the city as soon as possible," said György Molnár, the head of development and housing at the eighth-district municipality, in an interview with Hungarian daily Népszabadság. At first 1,100 apartments will be demolished and 1,400 renovated. "We start in March 2006," announces Tatar. The project completion is scheduled for December 2012.
 

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Some examples of renovations in Warsaw.

by @pafcio - Warsaw city center:









renovation of socrealistic architecture - Warsaw Grand Hotel:






some other:

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some other examples, which are waiting:

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lucky you. in my country they do it in such amaterish way! and of curse they use flurescent colours (idiots)
 

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flureescent colours :lol:


So docentx: are they going to rebuilt the buildings you posted pics of?

Post more Polish cities
 

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Zabkowska Street in Warsaw














 

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wholagun said:
So docentx: are they going to rebuilt the buildings you posted pics of?
I just wanted to show, that many present Warsaw buildings look a bit different, than before IIWW. There are plans to bring them the same look like before the war.
I am sure that it will happen, but the only question is 'when?'.
Fortunatelly we are in EU now, so it's possible to get EU money on revitalization programes.
 

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Nice thread...

Well I live in Tirana. In 1989 the Urban Master Plan was approved, but after 1990 it was not usefull anymore because the city began growing at trmanndous rates. Its population grew from around 300.000 in 1990 to an estimated 800.000 nowdays. The city was literally destroyed because of the huge population movements and the always growing number of small businesses like bars and shop almost everywhere, from both sides of the Tirana canal, to the public parks, nothing was public and green anymore. The city looked awfull. The center was depressive. Nobody believed at that time that things could change. nobody thought at that time that there would such a brave man to be able to confront himself with the owners of these illegal businesses and bring those buildings down in order for the city to breathe again. That until mayor Edi Rama was elected. A very controversial figure, indeed. Very authoritative and quite soeones whose press conferences you would not like missing. Tirana's you was fascinated and supported him largely and most peole still do. During his two terms serving as mayor of Tirana, but also during the time he served as Minister of Culture Youth and Sports, he literally changed Tirana's present and gave the city a future. So while shwoing the revitalizing process I will show what changed, and what the future will, be to give a clear picture. Some of the pics were already posted on other threads about Tirana, though. My nickname for the new Tirana is "Colorato" :D

A "Before/After photos" (you can find more at http://www.tirana.gov.al/?cid=1,10 )



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The future:

Architecture Studio was contracted for drafting a master plan for the development of the center of Tirana. They did a great job (mostly). Green areas are given a special importance. Here are the images:

Global maket views :



Skanderbeg square:



Mother Teresa square:



Avni Rustemi square:



Train station:



The canal:



Of the 12-13 highrises that are part of the Master Plan for center of Tirana, 3 designs have already been approved, which were shown by FR in Tirana Projects thread.

The new Urban Master Plan for the whole city was approved recently in consultancy with a Dutch studio. The info on it is very limitted but it will come out to the public very soon I think.

:cheers:
 

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Warsaw University campus
University already got some money from the EU funds for renovatioin of the other buildings.

old library






other historic building "Szkola Glowna"


Art Academy on the other side of the Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street

 

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There is a lot of revitilzation going on in Athens now. Here are some picutres of an old building that has been transformed into a huge modern shopping mall in downtown Athens, but still maintains its classical looks on the outside.
(photos from gm2263)




Also I heard that 20% of Athens appartment buildings are scheduled to get a "facelift" within the next 18 months.
 

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anyone have any photos of the old jewish getteo street in warsaw? there were a few renders on the site but the search function is down.
 

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wholagun said:
anyone have any photos of the old jewish getteo street in warsaw? there were a few renders on the site but the search function is down.

I'm afraid nothing has changed there... :-( The foundation made a lot of noise about the reconstruction some years ago, but now they dissappeared...

I think the city will have to do it itself.
 

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Warsaw

Three cross square

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the opposite side of Trzech Krzyzy Square (Nowy Swiat Street)
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WOOOOW>>>> thats the best looking commie block miracle story I have ever seen. Very cool\
 
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