This article is written in the wake of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to shake the world and stagnant systems. After COVID, nothing would be the same as it used to be. It is what it used to be, and we were hoping for a different turn of events. However, things will not sort themselves out. So let us take a look at what cannot do itself, but must be done in architecture and design in general.
The article deals with the workshop Urban Density Lab Vienna, that took place in Vienna in 2016 with the participation of students and professors from the Technical University of Vienna (TUV), the Department of Urban Planning (Stӓdtebau), NU "Lviv Polytechnic" (NULP), the Department of Urban Development and Architectural Design, the University of Los Andes In Bogotá (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá). Workshop as a part of the design course of urban planning is an effective tool of the intensive designing process.
The aim of the work is to present problems related to the development of modern cities and the possibilities of activities in the sphere of architecture and urban planning. The presented material is also intended to contribute to the discussion on the role of the contemporary city and its future in connection with the processes of urbanization and changes in the social structure of European cities. Two selected groups of problems are discussed.
Due to Allied Forces bombing of Szczecin in World War II, nearly the whole old town and most of 19th and 20th century housing were destroyed. After the war, the part of ‘the heart of the city’, or rather its ‘living room’, was taken by the longest street – Wojska Polskiego Avenue, especially by the part in the centre of Szczecin. Lots of luxury boutiques were located there. Despite the communist period, the appearance of the street was taken care of. At some point most of shop windows were replaced.
Leipzig Charter, adopted in May 2007, related largely to urban planning, called for consideration of sustainable development, economic development, social stability, public safety and healthy living environment in spatial planning. Not only is the source of crime, physical and economic degradation of public space, but also the fear of crime prevents urban residents active in everyday life.
This article describes the urgent issues of contemporary urban planning from economic, social, political and medical point of view. Discussion about urban opportunities and threats is accompanied by examples and historical cases from the Netherlands.