Kadaň – Prefab House Zone “B” and “D”

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Kadaň municipality
  • Contact person: PaedDr. Jiří Kulhánek, starosta@mesto-kadan.cz
  • Year of implementation: 2002
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Region: Ústecký kraj
  • Town: Kadaň
  • Size of area: 6700 m2
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: 325000 EUR

    Source per every institution

    • national: 182880 EUR
    • regional: 149640 EUR
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.
    2. Improved condition & quality of the public space between the blocks of flats.
    3. Identified new functions for structures from the era of socialism in 1945 - 1989).
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. The typical forms of cooperation as new approaches within the project were: - consistent cooperation between decision makers and planners, - cooperation between planners of recent project and other authorities or initiatives, - cooperation between decision makers and local communities.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. None of the buildings or space between buildings have been identified as a valuable socialistic heritage as there are only limited theoretical concepts, methodologies and case studies for the socialistic heritage conservation in the Czech Republic. The buildings and space is usually modified or transformed regardless of its potential value.

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. Not relevant as the answer for the previous question was negative.

    7. Was the building or space between buildings) important to local communities and how were they involved in decision-making process about its rehabilitation or conversion?
    8. The prefab house zone represent the high concentration residential area with partial importance and self-identification potential for the locals. They are especially involved in: - improvement of space for leisure time activities, - reconstruction of roads and sidewalks. However, during the planning process, we identified no significant involvement of the local communities in the evaluation of alternative use and regeneration of the area.Nevertheless, the involvement of locals into the participatory planning process was very low. Among the participatory planning approaches, we identified the following: - the locals were invited to the discussion about the plan, - the local stakeholders had a chance to participate with their projects within the framework of the general programme.

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. The overall concept of the project is to improve the local quality of the area for the local community, partial effort has been made to integrate the area to the town structures.

    11. Were there attempts to reduced disparities between districts within cities/towns achieved reduced? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    12. No attempts has been made to reduce disparities. The major attention has been devoted to overall regeneration of the zone, which should improve the quality of living and pursuing the leisure time activities of the local communities. The indirect influence on reducing the disparities can be considered by increasing the above mentioned aspects of quality of living and thus approaching them to the rest of the city, and in improvement of the social learning and social interaction potential within the regenerated area between the buldings.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. The other aspects that were not included in the previous comments and are worth of mention include: - existence of evaluation report for the project, made by town mayor, - environmentally oriented background of the project, including the urban river management.

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    There are more than 6 000 people living in Dědina block of flats. The whole revitalization 3 -phases -process took 4 years and the total cost of the project was 11 200 000 EUR. It is one of the first completely reconstructed block of flats as far as the public spaces in Prague are concerned.

    Web site: www.uur.cz/default.asp?ID=3743