CZECH SUBURBANIZATION IN POST-TRANSFORMATION ERA – THE DEVELOPMENT, EVALUATION AND CHALLENGES
Ouředníček Martin, Associate professor at Faculty of Science, Vice-dean for Geographic Departments of Charles University, Head of the Urban and Regional Laboratory (URRlab), Prague, Czech Republic
Klsák Adam, Researcher at Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Nemeškal Jiří, Researcher at Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
The suburbanisation process is one of the most studied issues within CEE urban studies, however, works published during the last two decades were mostly focused on separate case studies of individual cities [Kok, Kovács 1999; Nuissl, Rink 2005; Ouředníček 2007; Krišjāne, Bērziņš 2012 etc.]. The comparison of the scope and intensity of suburban development on the national level lacks a common methodological approach and a generally accepted definition of the process itself. Consequently, relatively different measurements used in the case studies obstruct any rigorous comparison of the process between cities and countries. The aim of this report is to introduce a coherent methodology for the delimitation of suburban municipalities in Czechia, to describe and explain the scope and spatial distribution and to compare the development of residential suburbanisation during two periods: 1997–2008 and 2009–2016.