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Life on the Southern Outskirts of Prague

Abstract: Wide wolds situated in the south of Prague were surrounded by forest and dramatic landscape nearby Vltava and Sázava river. This area has been always the right one for the development of settlements. Nowadays new buildings began to rise there, because there is a quite better transportation to the city. These changes brought up questions as how much development can disturb genius loci. Firstly, this article is focused on the impact regarding the suburbanization. Then, it defines the chosen area. This area is divided in two independent locations that work differently. First of them is called “City Suburban Belt” and the second one is “Green Belt” located nearby Sázava river“. Transportation, especially the individual one, is (and going to be) essential for their development. Further, the article outlines social and educational changes. Besides, based on these details it explains how this area works in general, especially in the field of urban structures. It highlights how to live there more sustainably. First location “City Suburban Belt” is already suburbanized including negative consequences. There is no need to expand more. Second location “Green Belt” nearby Sázava river is expected to expand more likely, surely, when the D3 motorway has been finished. There is a big chance that the development would be welcomed, because it will be regulated. This whole discussed area has one in common and that is lack of public transport, especially the railway one. Expected line D subway can perhaps help a little, but would not solve the problem. Next parts are focused on the impact regarding the suburbanization, mostly on the social and nature environment. In the beginning this part points out to the differences between the globalisation and the area identity. Further, there is also a part dedicated to the lack of consideration regarding a social and a landscape aspect. The problem originates in uncontrolled development. The final part brings a possible solution how to soften the negative impacts. One of them is some kind of a rule how many buildings should be built per year or to enable to build only inside the town. The whole article is based on recent international and local literature. Other sources were public databases and personal experience of the author. The purpose is not to solve one specific problem, but to outline the information about current and potential life in the discussed area.

KOŘALKA, Vojtěch (2020). Život na jižním okraji Prahy. In: Jiří Kugl, ed. Člověk, stavba a územní plánování 13. ČVUT v Praze, Fakulta stavební pp. 220-241. ISBN 978-80-01-06762-8. ISSN 2336-7695.