The Transformation of Society’s Perception of Urban Value: In Eastern Europe in the Period after the Breakdown of the Soviet Union

By Dainis Zemess.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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The paper sets out the change and development of the perception of urban value in the society of Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The perception of urban value is affected by the memory of the past, the existing ideology and the vision for the future. Together with an analysis of social processes, historically the most important political and economic decisions, the reform of the form of ownership in the process of transition to a market economy, and the planning of urban value and quality of development, involving civil society in this process, the work includes a summary of the conclusions on urban quality development. One of the major decisions was the implementation of denationalization and privatization of immovable property. Property transactions became legal and safe real estate market activities, allowing owners the right to freely dispose of their property, performing economic activities – to sell, to grant, to pledge in banks, to bequeath.
The change of the perception of urban value in civil society mainly involves:
- the possibility of changing the urban environment, according to user`s preferences and the ability to pay;
- awareness of the availability of resources and rational use;
- the recognition of every urban element as a part of real estate, and therefore as a part of the market - the object of potential profit, as well as speculation;
- opportunity to publicly express their opinions, participating in urban planning, improvement and development;
- opportunity to move freely across geographic borders and to gain experience in other places in the world.

Keywords: Architecture, Real Estate Market, Public Involvement, Urban Value

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.123-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.577MB).

Dainis Zemess

PhD Student, The Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia

Dainis Zemess is a doctoral student and lecturer in the Riga Technical University Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning. Master of Engineering Sciences in Architecture is qualified about the final work “The Architectonic Spatial Aspects of the Riga Housing Value”. He is employed as Head of Property Development and Building Division in a company “Rigas Nami”. It is owned by Riga City Council and its profile is to manage estetes of the municipality. Professional skills gained in working praxis in architects offices (1998-2005) and in real estate developers company (2005-2009).