The fourth ReNewTown partnership meeting in Kraków


The 4th ReNewTown meeting was held on 24-26 April 2012. It was organised by C.K. Norwid Centre in Kraków. The meeting was attended by scientists and leaders of the local revitalization projects in Kraków who presented results of their studies and regeneration projects carried out in Nowa Huta and other post-socialist urban areas of Kraków and Małopolska region.

The programme included a study visit in the Com-Com Zone Center which is a innovative institution providing sports activities as well as educational and psychological care services. The Com-Com Zone is situated in the XVIII district of Krakow – Nowa Huta. Before 16.00 hrs, the Center provides free sports, educational and psychological care services for children under 18 years of age. In the afternoon hours, the Com-Com Zone functions on the commercial basis, providing sports facilities for any willing participant, including a swimming pool, a sports hall, a gym, a training room and fitness equipment. Funds generated from commercial activities are spent on the maintenance of the facility. The owner of the Center is the City of Kraków. The project was brought to life in 2008 and since then has proved to work very well.

Karol Janas form the Institute of Urban Development presented results of research on reinforcing the feeling of identity in Nowa Huta. The research indicates that despite its very short history, the district of Nowa Huta is among very few in Kraków with a clear and strongly manifested identity, owing to a highly articulated urban space, the homogeneity of the population and a meaningful history.

Małgorzata Wierzchowska and Kuba Błądek presented the idea of the ‘NHpedia’ project, the goal of which was to build an interactive online encyclopaedia of Nowa Huta. The project is a bottom-up initiative supported by the local government which aims to reinforce the sense of local identity and promote local news and events.

Maciej Huculak from the Institute of Urban Development presented determinants of entrepreneurship development in post-socialist large housing estates. He argued that large housing estates from the socialist period concentrate a remarkable part of enterprenuership within the city. Therefore, the commonly spread opinion of post-socialist housing estates being boring gray desserts shunned by entrepreneurs, is only a stereotype.

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