REVITALIZATION OF MILITARY BROWNFIELDS IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE
Economic and political changes occurred in Eastern and Central Europe after the Cold War have left behind many buildings, so called brownfelds, that are nowadays abandoned, out of order and often with unresolved property issues. Certain amounts of these facilities belonged to military and were used by Soviet army and national military units back in the past. After political and economical changes, some of these locations were transferred to local communities, while the others nowadays belong to the state or are in private property.
The awareness that these brownfelds represent serious ecological and urban issue has raised considerably in the last several years. These problems can partially be resolved by their revitalization, which would make them usable again. Certain countries of Eastern and Central Europe have realized the significance of revitalization and managed in reusing the old buildings for purposes different from their previous one. Experiences gained in the process of revitalization of military brownfelds in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia are presented in the Paper. The possibility of donating the property to local communities for free is special emphasized. The conclusion is dedicated to alternative solutions in the process of revitalization of military brownfelds in case when local community does not dispose of enough funding.