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A paper focusing on housing estates' trajectories was published

We are happy to announce that a paper focusing on housing estates' trajectories was published. The authors of the paper are Kadi Kalm, Petra Špačková, Jan Sýkora and Ondřej Špaček.

Main aims of the research:

An increasing number of studies focus on the divergent trajectories of housing estates in post-socialist cities; however, they are mostly case studies of particular cities. There is little research that offers a more systematic and comparative analysis of different housing estates between the settlement systems of different countries.

The paper explores the trajectories of housing estates from 1989 to 2011 by examining neighbourhood transitions in Estonian and Czech cities based on socio-economic, demographic, and ethnic characteristics of their residents.

The authors use data from population censuses and clustering techniques to create typologies of housing estate neighbourhoods.


The results suggest that the main development trajectory of Estonian and Czech housing estates has been stability with neighbourhoods remaining in the same housing estate type and developing similarly as other urban neighbourhoods. This is mainly related to housing market specifics of post-socialist countries, and ageing being the main mechanisms of residential change of housing estates. Other types of trajectories are differentiated along two lines: the position of the city within the settlement system and the location of heavy industry in the city during the socialist period, indicating persistent impact of socialist urban development for housing estates.

Read the full article here.

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