East European housing estates represent an unique experience: they are usually much bigger than those, erected in Western Europe + they were built even at times when their shortcomings became already clear elsewhere in the world. In many East European countries including Czech republic, efforts to redevelop and regenerate these areas were effectively blocked by the property changes which took place during early 90-ties when most of these formerly municipal or corporately owned schemes were privatized into the hands of individual flat owners. On top of all this Czech housing estates unlike their West European counterparts show an interesting mixture of scoring poorly when evaluated by the general public but relatively high when judged by those who actually live in them. Public debate about the issue is now blocked between politicians, professionals and inhabitants, which inhibits correct reading of the situation, prediction of future development and gathering enough support and funding to take any renewal action. It was the ambition of the workshop to demonstrate such complex social/cultural/planning phenomena to foreign students and to gather their insight on the issue. The workshop brought up several interesting issues: - Housing estates regeneration proves to be difficult task where the remedy often stays out of architect's reach - lying primarily within the range of local politics. - Poor spatial legibility of the housing estate's public spaces has a negative impact on the activities usually associated with public space: running from commercial to social. - Low level of expectancy makes the panel block houses a relatively desirable place to, but offers little ground for social diversity of the environment. - Clear affinity between the housing project throughout the whole "eastern bloc" countries: students from these countries were able to relate to these large scale sites in a more direct way then their colleagues from Western Europe or Latin America.