Housing Economics: Cooperative Housing Tenure and Finance in the Global Financial Crisis
Closely related ongoing financial and housing crises in Western Europe and North America necessitate a public policy response to address the need for adequate housing. Cooperative elements—housing cooperatives and cooperative financial institutions such as credit unions—may have the potential to fulfill more housing needs than they currently do.
This thesis investigates the performance of cooperative housing tenure and finance in the current crises. Housing markets and the current crises are summarized, as well as cooperative housing and housing finance. Existing research on cooperative element situations is investigated, with the purpose of looking towards what positive cooperative housing elements can be taken from their performance in these crises and how these could be reflected in supportive public policy. Certain types of housing cooperatives and cooperative housing finance, especially credit unions, are found to provide more stability in affordable housing in the crises, compared to conventional ways of providing housing.
Community Development: Analysis and Action Plan - Bratislava Petržalka
Project documenting the status quo of the Mass Housing Estate Petržalka in southwest Bratislava (Slovakia) and suggesting action for improvement. The borough of Petržalka is quite unique in terms of urban design, and largely spatially separated from the rest of the city. Through several points of analysis we looked to depict the current situation. This analysis was intended to identify areas that require attention. Summarizing the outcome of our analyses, deficiencies in the local planning culture became apparent We intended to combat these through a less rigid plan of action than those previously implemented in Petržalka; instruments of public engagement and a possible procedure for shore term realization complete the project, largely building on existing initiatives.
Undergraduate independent study, Erasmus Programme at STU BA in cooperation with Brno UT.
Design Theory: Color Experience Participatory Planning Concept - Bratislava Petržalka
A concept looking into the issues represented through chaotic post-centralized planning paint schemes on housing blocks. We conducted a limited number of interviews, which gives an idea of residents’ color preferences, as well as information about decision-makers in regards paint color and the varying amounts of resident input. A design conecpt (seen here) as an exersize in understanding color theory is presented. A concept incorporating color theory and participatory planning concepts, allowing for residents on the block, building, and household levels to fulfill their preferences while reestablishing visual order, despite variations in ownership models.
Regional Planning Mechanisms: Trans-National Regional Development in the Slovak Danube Area
Project documenting areas of EU involvement in regional planning along the Danube in Slovakia. Overview of projects, mechanisms and areas of involvement, with examples. Graphic and report including comparison of scale and scope of programs and funding.
Undergraduate independent study “Process Mapping,” STU BA.
Transit Advocacy: Participatory Planning through Open Data and Civic Technology
Web tutorial that looks into the how transit advocacy organizations can enhance participation in planning through open (government) data and open source software. Covers a broad array of topics, going more in depth into key subjects and those where no relevant tutorial could be found and linked to.
Campaign against service cuts and for a Vehicle Registration Fee as a dedicated funding source for transit. My work included distributing information, rider organizing, interpreting and obtaining public planning documents, coordinating with partner organizations, lobbying decision makers.
Multi-Municipal Collaborative Planning: Vienna Airport Region
This project consists of analysis, goals and a suggested action plan for collaborative development and planning of a region covering several administrative areas on two levels.
The plan is based on extensive environmental, economic and social analysis of the region based existing statistics and information collected on-site from residents, stakeholders and detailed analyses. Each project group was responsible to specific detail analyses, ours included a stakeholder and socio-demographic analysis for the town of Fischamend, a geologic study, a legal structure analysis, a bicycle transportation analysis, an investigation into the logistics of the local services and utilities, a look into the municipal and regional marketing and networks andan analysis of existing cross-municipality cooperation. (Link to analysis reports see below.)
The final plan consists of descriptions of the seven communities, a summary of the region’s demographics, the local legal framework for planning, ongoing partnership between entities and towns in the region and other key data and facts about the region ranging from a breakdown of international mass transit services to zoning specifics, all taken from the analysis phase. A SWOT analysis results in a development plan consisting of three main areas fostering vitality (the regions “drive”), environmental awareness and identity. Each of these groups of goals in broken down into a two-level subset of goals and 62 concrete measures for realization as well as cross-references. Parameters for each measure were determined: priority, spatial scale, stakeholders, instrumentation, realization time-frame and cost. Example measures include improving the surfacing of bicycle facilities and information about the bicycle network, a plan for expanding bio-gas production and use and zoning measures to prevent sprawl. Finally, the economic impact of the plan is investigated.
Undergraduate year-long group project in cooperation with seven local municipalities and Vienna International Airport.
Part of a greater project around the airport area, this plan represents an economical short-term integrated transportation concept. The intention is to make regional residents who are poorly served by rail service find taking the bus to work at the airport more attractive to combat some of the parking, traffic and environmental issues in the region. The service would include improved branding and information and offer half-hourly service in both directions around a loop requiring five vehicles and drivers operating.
Part of an undergraduate year-long group project in cooperation with seven local municipalities and Vienna International Airport.
Urban design concept for a rare remaining industrial space in the urban Vienna ward of Brigittenau. The goal was to create usable public space that connected with adjacent neighborhoods while meeting housing density requirements, as well fostering mixed-use in appropriate areas and phases of the project. Ground-floor use, greenery, transportation and parking concepts as well as an implementation plan are included.