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In this text I present the outcome of analysis concerning the southern peripheral areas of Wroclaw that have been formed as a result of individual decisions of developers and individuals. The case study includes the districts located along the southern border of the city: Ołtaszyn Wojszyce – Jagodno – Brochów with its adjacent villages: Wysoka – Radomierzyce – Biestrzyków, Żerniki Wrocławskie – Iwiny – Smardzów – Zacharzyce. As one of the largest sprawl areas of the city, it illustrates the threats stemming from this process, but simultaneously it enables testing the flexibility of such sites in terms of opportunities for sustainable development. The analysis of the conflict of scales (regional, municipal and local) and morphology (intensity, consistency tissue, granulation and availability) of this planless and chaotic development leads to discovering its regularity, and above all, to determining the reserves (i.e. uncultivated land) that can be used to increase the quality of urban life in the future.
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