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The first interdisciplinary summary of the regeneration of Krakow's Kazimierz district from the perspective of 15 years since the fall of the Iron Curtain. Changes to the urban tissue, functions and image of the district are showed against a larger context of regeneration of multicultural urban areas in Central Europe. M. Murzyn, Kazimierz. The Central European experience of urban regeneration/Kazimierz. Środkowoeuropejskie doświadczenie rewitalizacji, International Cultural Centre, Kraków 2006, [ISBN 83-89273-35-7, dwujęzyczna, angielsko-polska monografia naukowa].

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Culture-oriented activities conducted by diverse actors in selected urban areas may lead to formation of unique quarters of production and consumption of cultural goods and services, which act both as creative hubs and leisure spaces. Such cultural quarters may develop spontaneously or following official designation and major public investments. Referring to the discussion on cultural quarters in Western Europe, the article aims to examine the issue of spatial concentration of cultural and creative activities within a selected large city in Poland. Analyzing recent transformations of two historic quarters in Krakow (Kazimierz and Podgórze), the author considers to what extent both areas may be regarded as successful cultural quarters. She describes their emergence and changes observed in them in terms of groupings, character and number of firms in the creative sector, pondering whether their role is limited to functioning as sites of commercial cultural consumption linked with entertainment and night life or they are indeed places stimulating development of the creative economy. M. Murzyn-Kupisz, Cultural quarters as a means of enhancing the creative capacity of Polish cities? Some recent evidence from Cracow, „Quaestiones Geographicae”, nr 4 (31), 2012, s. 63-76

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The article first offers a review of existing findings with respect to artistic quarters and their transformations. The discussion of the possible stages of development of artistic quarters present in literature is followed by the application of this theoretical framework in the context of Polish cities using the examples of Krakow and Katowice. The phases of evolution of the artistic quarters in both cities are analysed by examining the spatial perceptions of students of artistic majors. The analysis shows that the transformations of urban spaces in terms of their functions and perceptions as artistic quarters are not as straightforward and linear as earlier studies might suggest. Krakow’s more vibrant artistic life and its historic, concentric urban structure, combined with strong commercial pressures, are conducive to the development of new artistic quarters, although its traditional city centre continues to some extent to maintain its position on the artistic map of the city. As the case studies reveal, spatial choices of artists are not only dependent on a city’s development path and its built environment but are also to a significant extent shaped by the diverse artistic backgrounds of its creatives and a host of factors linked with post-socialist transformation and neoliberal urban policies. J. Działek, M. Murzyn-Kupisz, Young artists and the development of artistic quarters in Polish cities, „BELGEO. Belgian Journal of Geography”, nr 3, 2014, http://belgeo.revues.org/13012

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The article discusses changes observed in selected former Jewish quarters in Central Europe taking place in 1989-2004. These processes are described in terms of the transformations in the built environment, functions, image and perception of such quarters, making certain elements of their landscape more visible. M. Murzyn, Changes in the Jewish quarters in Central Europe after 1989, [w:] Society, economy, environment – towards the sustainable city, red. I Sagan, D. Smith, Uniwersytet Gdański, Bogucki Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Gdańsk-Poznań 2005, s. 121-134.

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This article focuses on the new processes of revival of the Jewish community and the rediscovery and reinterpretation of Jewish heritage observed in Cracow in recent years. Referring to the richness of the Jewish heritage in Cracow, it moves beyond the popular narratives on touristification and commercialisation of the city’s Jewish past. The author covers a range of topics from the emergence of new Jewish activities and the greater visibility of diverse Jewish communities in urban space to the establishment of new museum institutions and the evolution of the Jewish Culture Festival and new interpretations of memorial spaces. M. Murzyn-Kupisz, From „Atlantis” to the familiar?, „East Central Europe”, t. 42, nr 203, 2015, s. 268-298.

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The text focuses on diverse dilemmas linked with the rediscovery and revaluation of Jewish heritage in Kazimierz after 1989. M. Murzyn-Kupisz, Reclaiming memory or mass consumption?, [in:] Reclaiming memory. Urban regeneration in the historic Jewish quarters in Central Europe, red. M.Murzyn-Kupisz, J. Purchla, International Cultural Centre, Kraków 2009, s. 363-396.

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The author discusses the dilemmas and dangers involved in policy making and implementation regarding regeneration of degraded historic inner city zones using the example of the Kazimierz district in Cracow, Poland. After a short introduction to the unique character of the quarter, the revitalisation strategy devised for it in 1993 and its aims are presented, followed by the description of the changes in social tissue of the quarter and the emergent conflicts between various actors in urban space. The final section presents some conclusions, trying to answer questions such as: What type of social changes, links and conflicts in urban space have been created by revitalisation in Kazimierz? Who were the beneficiaries of the process, while who “lost out” as the result of revival of the area? Are the scenarios formulated for Western European and American examples applicable in this particular Central European context? M. Murzyn, “Winners” and “losers” in the game: the social dimension of urban regeneration in the Kazimierz quarter in Krakow, [w:] Social changes and social sustainability in historical urban centres. The case of Central Europe, red. G. Enyedi, Z. Kovács, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Regional Studies, Pécs 2006, s. 81-106.

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The text focuses on trends, processes and challenges linked with changes taking place in the historic inner city of Krakow including the Old Town and Kazimierz. M. Murzyn-Kupisz, Socio-economic factors and the management of historic urban areas inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, [w:] Management of UNESCO World Heritage properties in Poland – selected issues, red. B. Szmygin, Polish National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites ICOMOS, Lublin University of Technology, Warsaw 2015, s. 129-150

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The text focuses on trends, processes and challenges linked with changes taking place in the historic inner city of Krakow including the Old Town and Kazimierz. M. Murzyn-Kupisz, Socio-economic factors and the management of historic urban areas inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, [w:] Management of UNESCO World Heritage properties in Poland – selected issues, red. B. Szmygin, Polish National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites ICOMOS, Lublin University of Technology, Warsaw 2015, s. 129-150

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The article discusses changes observed in selected former Jewish quarters in Central Europe taking place in 1989-2004. These processes are described in terms of the transformations in the built environment, functions, image and perception of such quarters, making certain elements of their landscape more visible. M. Murzyn, Changes in the Jewish quarters in Central Europe after 1989, [w:] Society, economy, environment – towards the sustainable city, red. I Sagan, D. Smith, Uniwersytet Gdański, Bogucki Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Gdańsk-Poznań 2005, s. 121-134.

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