CLEARANCE: Changes in Eminent-Domain Legislation in Early 20th-Century Bratislava and Their Reflection in Planning the City; case study Námestie slobody

Peter Szalay

Clearance, as the “cleansing” of a building site from existing unwanted construction, ranks among the characteristic tools in the process of modern urban reconstruction, as well as one of the most visible and radical areas in which the law materialises in the area of architecture and urban planning. In the present study, we focus on investigating the development of urban-clearance law and its reflection in the practice of planning and deciding about construction from the standpoint of building modern capital cities, using as the example the creation of clearance laws in Bratislava and the concrete locality of today’s Námestie slobody, which formed the focal point for reflections on the city as the centre of government and administration for Slovakia.