Revealing a hidden potential of the Slovak countryside

The transformation process from a centrally planned economy to capitalism, which followed the fall of communism in 1989, activated regional disparities between developed core regions and peripheral parts of Central and Eastern Europe. In the case of Slovakia, a new country on the map of Europe, it resulted in high unemployment, both internal and cross-border migration and depopulation of villages. Its countryside, as the area most badly affected by spatial and economic polarisation, is often pictured as old-fashioned and rather backward-looking. This project aims to challenge this presumption and suggests, that natural and social capital of rural Slovakia could be used as a strategy to overcome polarisation and become a catalyst for new sustainable development.

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Initial design explorations

The first design intentions explore the relationship between a new proposal and existing village. Where should a new factory or a business be built? How could the village develop in the future? What are the local typologies and how can they be applied to design?