Culture in the city – the case of Gądów Mały housing estate in Wrocław

Renata Gubańska



Gądów Mały is one of the Wrocław residential estates built in the 1980s in the form of unified and non-stylish architecture of that period. Some- or several-storey blocks of flats determine the boundaries of public areas for residents or people who stay there. These spaces should be resident friendly and provide, among other things, convenient transport and pedestrian communication, an essential trade and service base, a zone of active and passive rest as well as ensure ‘eye pleasing’ aesthetical impressions.     Unfortunately, the fragment of the plot of land – with blocks of flats on it – which was chosen as the subject of a detailed study did not entirely meet the requirements as regards proper development of the area. Its present layout gives great design possibilities for urban planners and first of all for landscape architects. The article presents two design concepts which are similar with regard to the functional and spatial programme, however they are totally different in relation to the communication infrastructure arrangement. Concept one refers to the previous function of the developed area, whereas concept two refers to the existing local land development plan. Independently of the conditions which influenced their formation, both of the suggested solutions are definitely much more interesting than the currently existing one.

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