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Analysis and Evaluation of Historical Public Spaces in Small Towns in the Polish Region of Warmia

Department of Socio-Economic Geography, Institute of Spatial Management and Geography, Faculty of Geoengineering, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, 10-724 Olsztyn, Poland
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Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8356; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208356
Received: 17 September 2020 / Revised: 30 September 2020 / Accepted: 8 October 2020 / Published: 11 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
Public spaces play a special role in the social life, culture, and traditions of historical towns. Public spaces are defined by their urban layout and architectural design and they embody the unique identity of old towns. They integrate local communities and contribute to the formation of social bonds. Urban planning and architecture play an important role in this process. The historical character of public spaces is a prerequisite for social interactions. The aim of this study was to analyze and evaluate historical urban public spaces (market squares) in three small towns in the region of Warmia in north-eastern Poland. Architectural features, urban layout, and the composition of urban and architectural factors, which are largely responsible for synthetic perception of multidimensional space, were evaluated. These goals were achieved with the use of an interpretive historical research method based on original evaluation criteria. The results were used to identify public spaces that require revitalization. Revitalization programs help preserve or revive attractive locations by restoring the right balance between economic and social factors and cultural heritage. The study demonstrated that orderly and harmonious planning of public spaces considerably influences perceptions of space. View Full-Text
Keywords: small town; public space; revitalization; historical downtown; perception small town; public space; revitalization; historical downtown; perception
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Zagroba, M.; Szczepańska, A.; Senetra, A. Analysis and Evaluation of Historical Public Spaces in Small Towns in the Polish Region of Warmia. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8356. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208356

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Zagroba M, Szczepańska A, Senetra A. Analysis and Evaluation of Historical Public Spaces in Small Towns in the Polish Region of Warmia. Sustainability. 2020; 12(20):8356. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208356

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Zagroba, Marek, Agnieszka Szczepańska, and Adam Senetra. 2020. "Analysis and Evaluation of Historical Public Spaces in Small Towns in the Polish Region of Warmia" Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8356. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208356

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