Strategies for the Reclamation of Post - Mining Lands - An Architectural Study framework with “influencing factors” and “Global perspectives”

Ing. arch. Akshatha Ravi Kumar

This research is mainly concentrated on the post-mining lands of Ústecký Kraj (Ústí nad Labem Region) - Districts of Ústí nad Labem, Teplice, Most, Chomutov in the Czech Republic. The region of North-West Bohemia (Ústecký Kraj) has always attracted the attention of the extractive industries in all their various guises over the centuries as a result of the rich mineral deposits found there. It is no coincidence that the hills bordering the region are known collectively as the Ore Mountains. The discovery of silver and tin in these mountains in the 12th century triggered the slow but steady settlement of the area. However, the discovery of coal lying alluringly close to the land surface finally unleashed the full panoply of extractive technology on the region. In the century and a half since the Industrial Revolution, this region's physical, cultural and social landscape has been irreparably altered in the scramble to uncover the vast deposits of brown coal in the North Bohemian basin stretching roughly from Kadaň to Ústí nad Labem. Each city affected by the mining activities has significant characteristics of its own in terms of history, culture and land. Even though post-mining lands are a problem that affects the entire Ústecký Kraj, reclamation solutions for these lands must be specifically adapted to the cities and inhabitants that are local. Additionally, to ensure sustainable solutions and a sense of belonging for the living communities. Therefore this paper proposes an architectural study framework to recognise the global perspectives, strategies and policies in line with mining lands reclamation and systematically analyses the influencing factors of urban innovation and development in Ústecký Kraj.

Za obsah této stránky zodpovídá: prof. Ing. arch. Petr Vorlík, Ph.D.