Authors: Vasilevska, Ljiljana
Vranić, Petar 
Marinković, Aleksandra
Title: The effects of changes to the post-socialist urban planning framework on public open spaces in multi-story housing areas: A view from Nis, Serbia
Journal: Cities
Volume: 36
First page: 83
Last page: 92
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2014
Rank: M21
ISSN: 0264-2751
DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2013.10.004
This study considers how changes to the post-socialist urban planning framework have affected the treatment of public open space in the transformation of existing mass-housing areas and newly developed multi-story housing areas for the city of Nis, Serbia. The study focuses on quantitative and qualitative changes as well as the physical characteristics of public open spaces, evaluating environmental comfort, safety, accessibility, privacy and intensity of social interactions. The investigation is based on a comparative analysis of three case studies in Nis, which are representative of different developmental, institutional and planning periods. The research indicates a regressive approach in the planning for and treatment of public open space. It also suggests that within the limited economic capacity of local authorities, investors and buyers, the market-oriented post-socialist urban planning framework can lead to spatial and functional fragmentation in housing areas and the degradation or disappearance of not only the public spaces but of open spaces in general.
Keywords: Multi-story housing areas | Nis | Post-socialism | Public open space | Urban planning framework
Publisher: Elsevier

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