Issue 27 of the series “Geographia Slovaca”, focused on Slovak settlement structure, has been published

Ira, V. – Podolák, P. (eds.)
Bratislava, Institute of Geography SAS, 2010, 172 pp.

The monograph presents partial results of the APVV – 0772-07 Project The Present Status and Developmental Outlooks for the Settlement Structure of Slovakia (Socio-Spatial Aspects of the Urban-Rural Complementarity) worked on by the Institute of Sociology SAS with the participation of a team from the Institute of Geography SAS in 2008-2010. Spatial analysis of social and environmental infrastructures, temporal and territorial aspects of urban population migration to city hinterlands, the impact of suburbanising processes on urban and rural population, changes of the architectural characteristic of settlements and other addressed issues represent only a part of the multifaceted and complex process of the development of settlement structure in Slovakia. However, even such mosaic of approaches respecting the common principle of the urban-rural complementarity demonstrates the complexity of the problem in its present stage. Some articles concern the whole territory of Slovakia and other eight are devoted to individual regions (administrative region of Bratislava districts of Topoľčany, Žilina, Námestovo, Levice, Rimavská Sobota, Spišská Nová Ves, and Bardejov). They follow the similar project pursued recently and make it possible to compare the present situation with the previous. Being a complex issue it requires a wide interdisciplinary approach focused not only on analysis but also on the choice of incentives and support to the positive trends that are economically demographically, environmentally, and architecturally sustainable.