Waterfront strategy in Bratislava – Petržalka

Juraj Furdík, Viera Joklová


Waterfront development is driven by the current global effects of lifestyle changes, increased requirements on urban and living standards, redevelopment of former industrial sites and brownfields, often situated in contact with water elements in the cities. The aim of the development strategies is the flexible, humane, environmentally and socially responsible approach to the existing natural or brownfield landscapes of waterfront areas. Such an approach supports an active integration of natural and landscaped elements in urban structures, while preserving their biological value and it also forms new, aesthetic and pleasant urban spaces. The paper deals with the waterfront strategies in Bratislava large housing district Petržalka, including the research of its historical context and development perspectives. It is mapping the different approaches, documenting the interdisciplinary research based on international educational cooperation and addressing the students´ examples in a critical way. The regeneration strategy aims to widen the access for broader participation and international cooperation ensuring thus greater objectification of the final solution for the benefit and satisfaction of both professionals and the general public; and especially the future users. The paper is the result of authors´ research of historical and current landscape and urban contexts, particularly of the right-bank area of Petržalka in Bratislava. The research referring to different development periods unveils the key natural and civilization changes and expert designs with a significant impact on the development of the right-bank area of the Danube and the related Danube arms in Petržalka.

Keywords: city, river, waterfront, regeneration strategies, residential areas