Greenery of Early Modernist Housing Estates on the Example of the Waldenburg (Wałbrzych) Agglomeration (1919-1927)

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Bogna Ludwig

Subject: Arts & Humanities, Anthropology & Ethnography Keywords: greenery; housing estates; Lower Silesia; preservation and renewal of heritage

On the example of the Wałbrzych agglomeration housing estates once the most important mining and industrial region in Lower Silesia, this article illustrates the specific significance of the designing of green spaces, including urban layouts, and the issue of protecting unique trees and green spaces in the concepts of estates from the early modernism period after the First World War, in the years 1919-1927. The Wałbrzych housing settlements are crucial due to the fact that they were among the first of their kind, not only in Lower Silesia, but in the whole of the Weimar Republic. The concepts developed during the designing process soon spread beyond the borders of the country. On the basis of literature and source studies it was possible to reconstruct design ideas concerning the composition of green areas in most housing estates in the discussed area. The most interesting were presented, grouped according to the landscape and functional aspects of the use of greenery in housing estates. This made it possible to select specific solutions applied by designers, to indicate sources of inspiration and theoretically developed rules, which both then and now seem to be extremely adequate.

https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202102.0511/v1


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