The state of the large housing estates in all former post-socialist countries has turned into an actual problem in the last ten-to-fifteen years. In all Visegrad countries as well as in Armenia large proportion of the housing stock consists of these block of flats. Millions of inhabitants live up-until today in these quarters which are inseparable, at the same time, debated part of cityscape.
In V4 countries there have been numerous complex programs (state financed, international organization supported or individual) initiated and implemented during the last twenty years, although the evaluation of results, the assessment of present state and framing of further tasks are still needed to be defined. In Armenia, due to the political and economic difficulties, these exploratory works and rehabilitation programs are still in embryonic state. Here all the experiences and knowledge cumulated in V4 countries will be helpful.
In the last 20 years there have been new constructions implemented in the housing estates which have both positive (new investments, houses) and negative (noise, traffic, reducing green areas) effects.
To goal of this short research project is twofold: on the one hand to share the data and results cumulated from former research projects conducted by the chosen project partners in towns in V4 countries will help to draw consequences and possible comparisons between the different housing estates.
On the other hand, the project partners would like to create a survey and then conduct a questionnaire in each participant towns about the reconstruction of the prefabricated houses (type, actors, chosen interventions, etc.) and the residential environment (green areas, public buildings) in housing estates in Budapest, Bratislava, Katowice, Brno and Yerevan.