2022 Cat A - Urban gaps

Empty places, empty spaces. Without purpose and structure. Who cares about them? At the same time, they make up so many areas of urban potential. They can play such an important role. Cities don’t need to grow outside and occupy the precious landscape. They can use the vast potential of urban gaps and grow inside. From beautiful spaces and possibilities. And so little space is devoted to urban gaps. They are not defined, clarified, and adequately addressed. From the point of view of landscape architecture, they are often completely neglected and solved purely by building solutions.

The work tries to expand their traditional and ossified perception. Urban gaps are not just gaps between two houses. They are all spaces that lack a spatial and functional solution. And this point of view brings enormous possibilities to urban planning.

The landscape point of view in the urban gaps can be an effective tool for solving urban problems. I believe that ability to identify an urban gap and design its purpose and structure - by using both classical and landscape architecture - can solve these problems. The solution to the issue of the urban gap significantly affected not only the urban gap as such but also the surrounding space. It gave it meaning, character, and way of use. It can enhance the atmosphere of the whole locality and improve safety and orientation.

The used solution combines using of building elements and elements of landscape architecture and shows a new, expanded view of the urban gaps.

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