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Transformation of Living Space in the Upper Silesian Patronal Settlements

Author(s): Monika Gnieciak
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Ústav etnológie a sociálnej antropológie Slovenskej akadémie vied
Keywords: social space; flats; districts; social ecology; urban sociology

Summary/Abstract: Upper Silesia's becoming an industrial region heavily influenced spatial organization of urban areas. The strongest connection between industry and everyday life retained in old labour districts suh as Nikiszowiec - former mining settlement in Katowice. Houses (reffered as 'Familoki') in those working districts were built of specific red brick, their inner layout was standarized and based on the suite of rooms with a huge kitchen - a place, where all family's life were converged. Furthermore, another types of settlements are found in conurbation of Upper Silesia - the newer ones, built after Second World War as multi-dwelling housing estates. One of them is Tychy, the largest of the so-called "new towns" in Poland, designed as housing background for native and immigrant labouring population. Nowadays both types of settlement go into the making of Upper Silesia's spatial organization and scenery. Ways of dwelling in them mark out frameworks of area's inhabitants' lifes. Furthermore, new housing estates' spatial organization model became a determinant of modernity for people living in old districts. For example - modernizations and renovations of old houses in Nikiszowiec are intended for achieving biggest possible similarity with spatial organization in Tychy's new flats.

  • Issue Year: 56/2008
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 28-42
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Slovak