Adres: Targowa 45, 03-728 Warszawa, Polska
+48 22 619 78 97



Institute of Spatial Management and Housing

ul. Targowa 45 03-728 Warsaw Poland
tel. (+48 22) 619 13 50, fax (+48 22) 619 24 84





Institute of Spatial Management and Housing is a research institution that carries on the tradition of the 1949-founded Research Institute of Town Planning and Architecture.

The Institute deals with the issues of planning and spatial development, as well as municipal economy on all levels of administrative and functional division. With regards to the above, it offers: research work, ongoing process monitoring, changes forecasting, urban planning and design study methodology, system and detailed solution concept, legal solution proposal creation, standardization and normalization of spatial management and housing issues and current government administration consulting. It also has experience with environment protection.
The Institute’s staff consists mainly of architects, town-planners, geographers, biologists, economists, sociologists and lawyers. With the aid of an experienced and inter-disciplinary team, the Institute also conducts training in the field of spatial planning, real estate and municipal services management, as well as organizes international conferences, seminars and workshops.

The Institute was managed by a lot of distinguished specialists of international reputation in spatial planning, transport and municipal economy. Inter alia, the following persons shall be mentioned:

  • Professor Jan Podoski – the creator of the Warsaw underground
  • Professor Stanisław Wyganowski – the later President of the capital city of Warsaw,
  • Professor Halina B. Szczepanowska – the outstanding specialists in the field of valuation of trees on urbanised areas,
  • Professor Zygmunt Niewiadomski – the outstanding specialist in the field of territorial self-government and law in spatial planning and construction. Currently, the Construction Code Head of the Codification Commission at the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Marine Economy.


The Institute’s structure consists of three departments:


Spatial Planning Department

The Department is specialized in preparation of studies and documents according to spatial management with the use of modern GIS technology (Geographical Information System).
The Department’s scope of work is handled by five teams:
• Technical Infrastructure;
• Applied Geoecology;
• Landscape Architecture;
• Architecture & Town Planning;
• Revitalization.

The Department’s mission is to create modern GIS solutions for commune self-governments based on complete spatial information. Such information might come from: the study of land development conditions and directions, a local plan of spatial development, current aerial and satellite views, land and property register and other data. The available source of data coupled into one information system makes the information comprehensive and clear by giving it the form of maps, charts and types of action. The powers that be can make effective decisions thanks to user-friendly GIS applications.
As part of creating a portfolio of complex solutions (in the form of an information system), the Department offers a broad range of works:

• preparation of GIS data and modification,
• vectorization,
• creating Digital Terrain Models (DTM) based on the cartographic method,
• 3D visualizations,
• creating photo maps,
• transforming data in various coordinate systems,
• spatial analyses,

and preparing documents, such as:

– the study on the conditions and directions of the district development,
– local plans of district spatial development,
– ecophysiographic studies,
– the forecast of impact of a local plan of spatial development on the natural environment,
– local development plans,
– strategies of development,
– analyses for locations of shopping centers according to market employment, communication opportunities and influence on local shopping markets,
– revaluation of historical assumptions of park and palace complexes.


Municipal Transport Department

The Municipal Transport Department was founded in 1954. Since the beginning, it’s domain of action has been the broad issue of municipal transport, its development and initiation of modern constructional design. The Unit is currently busy with research and consulting, as well as preparing expertizes for manufacturers and users of tramways, trolleybuses and appliances used in them. By right of the Decree of the Ministry of Infrastructure, it is authorized to conduct homologation analyses of tramways and trolleybuses with regards to their electrical parts, as well as control the conformity between the manufacturing/installation and homologation conditions.

Since 2004, the Municipal Transport Department has been awarded with a PN-EN ISO 9001: 2001 (PN-EN ISO 9001:2009 since February 2010) Quality Control System Certificate with regards to:

  • technical checkups of tramways and trolleybuses,
  • homologation checkups of types of tramways and trolleybuses’ electrical parts,
  • checkups of tramway and trolleybuses’ assemblies and appliances.

Activities conducted at the Municipal Transport Department can be divided into the following groups:

  1. Homologation checkups of new tramways and trolleybuses and exploitation analyses and appraisal of new technical solutions, which are to be incorporated in the currently used fleet. The checkups consist of checking the conformity between the products and requirements found in the current legal regulations and technical standards. The results of exploitation analyses are published in the form of a report or opinion. A positive result constitutes the basis for receiving a homologation certificate by the manufacturer or future user, issued by the Minister of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy, or a permission to operate the given type of product.
  2. Extended technical and start-up checkups of tramway and trolleybus carts, granting permission to operate used and modernized vehicles (applies mainly to imported fleet). The checkups are conducted according to the decrees on the scope and type of conducting technical checkups, as well as technical conditions of tramways and trolleybuses and the scope of required appliances.
  3. Periodical technical checkups of tramways and periodical technical checkups of trolleybuses operated by municipal transport companies. A positive checkup result constitutes the basis for issuing a permission to operate the given vehicle.
  4. Checkups and assessment of tramway appliances, such as: door mechanisms, couplings, current collectors, traction and voltage converters, heaters, as well as other apparatus and appliances constituting the equipment found in tramway and trolleybus fleets.

Moreover, the Municipal Transport Department actively participates in the planning and consulting in the areas of:

  • constructional design of tramway and trolleybus fleets,
  • novelization and preparation of technical norms with regards to municipal transport,
  • electric traction,
  • updating the regulations regarding the municipal electric traction.

The Unit is in possession of a mobile lab, equipped with modern, electronic appliances for conducting homologation checkups of vehicles, especially the measurement and registration of the movement parameters of vehicles and for checking the lighting, noise and electrical measurements, including insulation resistance and strength, protective installation measurements, etc.


Landscape Architecture, Training and Real Estate Management Department

The Department’s scope of works circulates around the broad issue of environment, especially the municipal tree covering and greenery within the urban areas. For many years, the Department has been conducting research and implementation activities, as well as trainings on a national level, especially for the local self-governments.
Besides dealing with the issues of greenery, the Unit’s scope of activities includes conducting a system of trainings on the issue of real estate on an advanced (post-graduate studies) and intermediate level, as well as implementing an educational cycle as part of in-service training.

In the area of municipal greenery, the Institute employs a group of distinguished experts, who for years have been conducting nationwide-recognized research on determining the actual value of trees growing within the urban areas. The Department has prepared and published a new “Method of Valuation of Trees within the Urban Areas with Regards to Polish Conditions.” The study constitutes the basis for works carried by the Ministry of Environment with regards to the novelization of rates for the removal of trees and bushes and rates for destroying the greenery.

Since 2010, the Institute’s employees have conducted both practical workshops and trainings on the use of the new method of valuation of trees within the urban areas. The team of the Department’s experts collaborates with the General Directorate for Environmental Protection, which is obliged by the Minister of Environment to implement the new, above-mentioned method of valuation of trees.

The Department performs stock-takings, expertizes and health condition assessments, i.e. the condition and statics of individual trees, as well as tree covering complexes within the urban public areas. Since 2011, it began monitoring the changes in buffer strip and inner housing estate landscape greenery management within a select area in Warsaw.
The Department plans to monitor changes in the natural landscape development for years to come.

As part of the training system, trainings and conferences regarding real estate management and turnover, spatial planning and building law have been organized for more than 20 years. In collaboration with university colleges, we conduct two higher education majors in real estate management and real estate turnover agency. For the last eight years of conducting higher education studies, together with the Leon Koźmiński Academy, our studies have been graduated by more than 200 students per year (three editions within a year). After completing a six-month long internship, graduates have received their professional licenses.

Trainings are conducted by approx. 40 experts with a lot of experience in consulting and training activities. The Department’s employees have professional real estate agent/manager licenses.

The Department, in cooperation with the lecturers from the Warsaw School of Economics, prepares for launching a series of trainings for the self-government administration with regards to introducing new legal regulations on district municipal waste management. Waste dump development and waste utilization is directly connected with proper spatial planning, environment pollution and landscape architecture by creating spatial order and aesthetics in communes.



Head of Institute :

Sławomir Anusz, tel. (+48 22) 619 13 50

Spatial Planning Dept. Supervisor:

dr Teresa Topczewska, tel. (+48 22) 619 17 93

Municipal Transport Dept. Supervisor:

Zygmunt Tarchalski, tel. (+48 22) 619 82 52

Geoinformatics Dept. Supervisor:

mgr Piotr Fogel, tel. (+48 22) 619 80 08

Architecture & Urban Dept. Supervisor:

mgr Cezary Maliszewski, tel. (+48 22) 619 83 86

Landscape Architecture Dept. Supervisor:

mgr Jan Olizar, tel. (+48 22) 619 78 97

Spatial Planning & Urban Dept. in Lublin Supervisor:

mgr Cezary Maliszewski, tel. (+48 22) 619 83 86


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