Geographia Polonica (2012) vol. 85, iss. 1

The spatial deconcentration of housing resources in Warsaw in the years 1945-2008

Marcin Stępniak

Geographia Polonica (2012) vol. 85, iss. 1, pp. 67-80 | Full text

Crucial aspects of geographical research are the characterisation of the evolution of distributions as a phenomenon in urban space, aswell as the search for interpretations of observed changes. This article presents a new approach to deconcentration studies concerningthe local conditions underpinning this global process. Locally-based changes in the spatial distribution of housing resources have beenanalysed using the Gini Index and an original modification to the Partial Synthetic Contribution Index. The conducted analysis providedan explicitly geographical framework around which to model spatial diversity of the deconcentration process, and allowed for the elaborationof an original typology for different parts of Warsaw from the urban-planning point of view.

Keywords: internal city structure, housing, city life-cycles, deconcentration, typology of urban areas, Gini Index, Warsaw

Marcin Stępniak [], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, Twarda 51/55, 00‑818 Warszawa, Poland