The Metropolitan Plan for Prague
Beginning in the 1930s, the idea that the city needs to be divided into work, housing and recreational zones, with inhabitants making their way between them via complementary transport zones prevailed. Soon, however, these original four functions were no longer fit for purpose, and the zones began to fragment into smaller and smaller areas in the land use plans. We have gotten to the point where there are over ninety different types of areas in the current plan. The existing plan is also inflexible and no longer addresses the needs of the city: between 2000 and 2012 alone, 2,060 amendments to the land use plan were discussed. The new Metropolitan Plan for Prague is an attempt to remedy this situation by returning to traditional urban planning, where the city is structured primarily according to a set plan. The new plan also includes regulations limiting the number of possible alterations.