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Socio-economic differences in peripheral housing estates : The case of Várpalota

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dc.title Socio-economic differences in peripheral housing estates : The case of Várpalota en
ethesis.faculty Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta fi
ethesis.faculty Faculty of Science en
ethesis.faculty Matematisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten sv
ethesis.faculty.URI Helsingin yliopisto fi University of Helsinki en Helsingfors universitet sv
dct.creator Stomfai, Mark
dct.issued 2022
dct.abstract Many people consider housing estates unaesthetic and/or socio-economically problematic places. However, as Hess et. al. (2018) point out, a more differentiated approach is required as there are differences between housing estates, originating from their local contexts. The thesis adopts this viewpoint and aims to provide a differentiated analysis regarding socio-economic differences in three peripheral housing estates in the city of Várpalota (Hungary), while also attempting to identify the root causes of these differences. The thesis relies heavily on the use of primary sources. Census data are essential for the analysis of socio-economic conditions (e. g. unemployment, educational attainment), and are featured extensively in the research. In addition, urban development documents add important layers to the understanding of the local context and municipal attitudes towards the housing estates, both during and after the communist regime. Scientific literature in English and Hungarian is employed to create sufficient contextualization and to interpret the contents of primary sources. The research considers the location of the housing estate, the economic context, the quality of the built environment, and rehabilitation projects as the main potential root causes for socio-economic differences. All these factors are scrutinized in the thesis, and the analysis of the relationship between the conditions portrayed by census data and the rehabilitation projects outlined in urban development programmes (or their absence) is fundamental in the research. The thesis argues that the rehabilitation projects taking place in Várpalota, while consisting of some beneficial elements, have not offered all-encompassing solutions to the socio-economic issues in some locations, due to several factors (their length, the timing of the intervention, the contents of the project etc.). Even though the focus of the research is on the three peripheral housing estates in Várpalota, other broader themes are also touched upon. The thesis proposes the modification of the criteria for a location to be categorized as a ’housing estate’ in Hungary. Furthermore, broader considerations regarding contemporary Hungarian urban planning and transportation planning are also made in the thesis. en
dct.subject Housing estates
dct.subject socio-economic differences
dct.subject Várpalota
dct.subject Hungary
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ethesis.language englanti fi
ethesis.language English en
ethesis.language engelska sv
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu -tutkielmat fi
ethesis.thesistype master's thesis en
ethesis.thesistype pro gradu-avhandlingar sv
dct.identifier.ethesis E-thesisID:782065d9-ae3d-4b55-9a94-61bdba0980a3
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:hulib-202205171935
ethesis.facultystudyline USP Peoples fi
ethesis.facultystudyline USP Peoples en
ethesis.facultystudyline USP Peoples sv
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Kaupunkitutkimuksen ja suunnittelun maisteriohjelma fi
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Master 's Programme in Urban Studies and Planning en
ethesis.mastersdegreeprogram Magisterprogrammet i urbana studier och planering sv

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