Housing problem in Central Europe after the transition of 1989
The housing problem is currently a subject of heated debates, however, there are only a few initiatives that raise it on the scale of a region, in the context of V4 countries and their shared experience of the 1989 transition that has affected their current housing policies. By inviting experts affiliated with our partner institutions, we want to conduct a comparative, in-depth analysis of the housing policies in the region, and then publish its results in the special issue of „Autoportet” journal (a quarterly devoted to space as cultural phenomena) Then, together with our partner institutions, we want to organize workshops (or webinars) for architecture students in Krakow, Budapest, Brno, and Bratislava that would build upon our findings and propose possible new developments. The workshops will challenge their participants with a task to redesign the already existing housing estates fromV4 countries, so they incorporate different housing policies, strategies and design solutions. Through this activity we would like to encourage more critical understanding of housing policies among future architects, and also draw the attentions of city officials to the problem. The project will be concluded with an exhibition „Product: housing estate” by Kacper Kępiński in Krakow, that provoke reflection on the quality of dwellings sold by developers and form an incentive for a broader public debate.
Project financed by the Visegrad Fund