Petrinja - Wiederaufbau einer schrumpfenden Stadt

freie Masterthesis (SS21)
Verfasser*innen: Tobias Fink, Andrea Pavkovic

On December 28, 2020, at 06:28 a.m., an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 occurred in Croatia, more precisely in the Sisak-Moslavina counrty – shortly after at 07:49 a.m. another one with magnitude 4.7. Many buildings were severely damaged, but were still   restorable. The very next day, structural engineers arrived on site to assess the damage. Many people in towns and surrounding villages immediately started to repair their own houses and roofs. Nobody had expected what happened on the same day, the 29.12. at 12:19 p.m.: another even stronger earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4! There were seven fatalities, many injured and the complete destruction of over a thousand buildings. The most affected town in the county was Petrinja.

Petrinja Green Agency is an urban research and design project by Tobias Fink and Andrea Pavković and our master’s thesis in architecture at the Professorship for Urban Design at TU Munich. The project explores strategies for the reconstruction of the destroyed city with a focus on long-term sustainable development towards a resilient and egalitarian city. Through urban research, analysis and documentation on site, as well as conversations with various stakeholders, we have established an overview of this exceptional situation. By reading the city in a new way, we propose a long-term expansion and interconnection of its green space
structure and thus a consideration as part of a green network. In three case studies we investigate options for new approaches to green spaces and wastelands as well as the revitalization of public spaces through the use of existing resources by means of specific urban planning and architectural measures.