City Competitiveness

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G65E3101 ZK 3 2P+0C English
Garant předmětu:
Vladimíra Šilhánková
Vladimíra Šilhánková
Vladimíra Šilhánková
Institute of Public Administration and Regional Studies

In the contemporary globalizing world cities increasingly find themselves in a competitive environment. The development of one settlement is often possible at the expense of the declination of another. The aim of the course is to acquaint students with current problems of the contemporary city and with basic strategies to solve them. Relevant case studies from practice will be used as part of the course teaching.


Case studies – for each processed and presented case study, the student gets up to 10 points.

Written exam - the test aims to examine the extent to which the student has mastered the lecture and will be compiled in a cross-sectional way from the lectured substance and recommended literature in the range of 30 closed questions. - see sample questions below. For each correct answer, the student earns 2 points.

In total can be obtained max. 100 points with the following distribution of results:

91-100 points - excellent (A)

81-90 points - very good (B)

71-80 points - good (C)

61-70 points - satisfactorily (D)

51-60 points - sufficiently (E)

50 or less points - insufficiently (F)

Sample questions

Large cities are cities with approx.:

a)50,000 inhabitants

b)100,000 inhabitants

c)500,000 inhabitants

d)with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants

The agglomeration is:

a)a system of human settlements, including related equipment and networks, which connect them to

b)an intensively urbanized area, where intensive daily relations between residence, workplace and basic services are carried out,

c)the territory is defined on the basis of common characteristics (features or criteria)

A public space typical of a particular neighborhood or district where culturally social and commercial functions prevail is space:




Syllabus of lectures:

1.Introduction to the subject. City typology.

2.History of urban construction.

3.Contemporary city and its mail problems.

4.Brownfields 1

5.Brownfields 2 – case studies

6.Suburbanization 1

7.Suburbanization 2 – case studies

8.Public spaces 1

9.Public spaces 2 – case studies

10.Adaptation of cities to climate change 1

11.Adaptation of cities to climate change 2 – case studies

12.Indicators of quality of life in the city

13.SMART Cities

14.Host – Contemporary themes in Prague development

Syllabus of tutorials:
Study Objective:

The student will gain a basic overview of the typology of cities and their functioning, especially in view of the current problems encountered by cities. From the point of view of competences, thinking in context, analytical thinking, teamwork in the creation of case studies, critical thinking in their defense, communication and presentation skills will be deepened.

Study materials:

GEHL, Jan, Gehl a Jahn GEHL. Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space [online].Washington DC: Island Press, 2011. ISBN 9781597268271;1597268275;.

ŠILHÁNKOVÁ, V. et al. Indicators of Sustainability on the Local Level, Hradec Králové Civitas per Populi 2011, 200 str. ISBN 978-80-904671-5-6

HOLLANDER, Justin, Niall KIRKWOOD a Julia GOLD. Principles of Brownfield Regeneration: Cleanup, Design, and Reuse of Derelict Land [online].Washington DC: Island Press, 2010. ISBN 9781597267229;1597267228;.

STANILOV, Kiril a Luděk SÝKORA. Confronting suburbanization: urban decentralization in postsocialist Central and Eastern Europe. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. ISBN 1405185481;9781405185486;.

STANILOV, Kiril a Luděk SÝKORA. Confronting suburbanization: urban decentralization in postsocialist Central and Eastern Europe. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. ISBN 1405185481;9781405185486;.

Time-table for winter semester 2022/2023:
Šilhánková V.
(lecture parallel1)
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Data valid to 2023-09-25
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