(October 2012) Resilience as a recipe for successful and sustainable business districts
Business districts are new and quite characteristic urban patterns which started appearing in European cities in 20th century. These huge developments usually are unfamiliar elements in uniform urban fabric. Connections and collaborations which other parts of cities mostly are not corrected in town planning terms. Therefore, business districts are kind of urban structures which are located in various cities without any cultural and social context. Business districts are only economic orientated centers. They can be called ‘spatial machines' to earn money for huge companies and governments of cities. However, the lack of attention for people needs is observed, neither employees nor other citizens. Business districts are places only for work, not for living or entertainment. Unfortunately consequences of bad developments of business districts have negative impacts for people's quality of life and urban structure as a whole. The goal of this paper is how to improve business districts to achieve successful and sustainable place for social and economical perspective. Those two aspects have to be satisfied. In other words, business districts should be attractive and friendly space for employees and investors. The aim of my research is to prove that the resilient urban space can be a recipe for sustainable business districts. Resilience can be a solution for monofunctional and economic orientated business districts. As a case study Sluzewiec Przemyslowy in Warsaw in Poland is examined. This example shows the most common issues of business districts. The research concerns an investigation of actions which can be done to achieve expected results. The research method consists of examining Sluzewiec Przemyslowy in spatial aspects. All collected data is a base to form a diagram which shows various improvements. Therefore, expected result is a model of difference actions which should provide sustainable business district.