Central train station area development projects and their strategic potential, reflected in strategic documents. Case study of Prague

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In my previous work I have explored the specific nature of central train station area development projects as projects of strategic potential (Čechová, 2014). Based on the findings, this paper first gives a brief overview of what a strategic urban project is, what its specifics when realized on a centrally located railway brownfield are and what kind of strategic potential these projects have. The following section presents these findings in the context of urban development of Prague in the past twenty five years with focus on three specific sites within Prague. The core part of this paper looks into the strategic documents, issued by the government of Prague, and explores how the documents reflect the previously identified levels of strategic potential of central train station area development projects in Prague. Its aim is to identify the attitude of the city representation towards the active policy of strategic urban projects and outline the chances that the strategic potential of these projects will actually be fulfilled. The methodological approach taken in this study is a mixed methodology based on existing literature research and qualitative content analysis of the strategic documents. This paper constitutes part of my dissertation thesis, which is dedicated to potential of central train station development projects.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility, Prague, 13-16th July, 2015
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