Geographia Polonica (2010) vol. 83, iss. 2

Morphological intensification in a postsocialist city—a Banská Bystrica case study

Richard Pouš, Tomáš Hlásny

Geographia Polonica (2010) vol. 83, iss. 2, pp. 37-53 | Full text

Morphological intensification is a distinct feature of the transition from the relaxed andsprawl-based growth of a city towards growth within, with a special emphasis on the use of variousspatial reserves. The work described here entailed an analysis of selected aspects of the abovephenomenon as exemplified by the city of Banská Bystrica in central Slovakia. In particular, itfocuses on the origin, development and present state of 306 areas within the overall built-up zonethat had not been put to urban use, on the nature of, and spatial variability to, the morphologicalintensification process, and on the potential for intensification of three city zones (delimited bydifferent historical and socio-economic development), i.e. the main growth zone, the annexedsettlements zone and the extensive growth zone.

Keywords: morphological intensification, spatial reserves, extensive growth zone, annexed settlements zone, main growth zone, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Richard Pouš, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Geography, Geology and Landscape Ecology, Matej Bel University, Tajovského 40, Banská Bystrica, 974 01, Slovak Republic
Tomáš Hlásny, National Forest Centre, Forest Research Institute, T.G.Masaryka 22, Zvolen, 969 92, Slovak Republic