Revitalization of inappropriately used space in Prague 11

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Prague 11 Metropolitan District
  • Contact person: Jakub Ježek, kuba.jezek@gmail.com, project coordinator
  • Year of implementation: 1
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Region: Prague 11
  • Town: Prague
  • Size of area: 11 m2
  • Impact: municipal

    Total costs: 1 EUR

    Source per every institution

    • EU fonds: ERDF 85% EUR
    • regional: Prague 11 Metropolitan District Prague budget (7,5 %) EUR
    • other: Grants from national public sources (7,5 %) EUR
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved condition & quality of the public space between the blocks of flats.
    2. Improved involvement of the local community in events organized in its quarter.
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. This project was part of a comprehensive revitalization of the Prague 11 Metropolitan district, based on agreed strategic plans, especially on the study of regeneration of the South City (Jižní Město). The main objective was the revitalization of unsuitably used areas, regeneration of public spaces and playgrounds. The project was divided into: pre-investment phase, investment phase and operational phase. The investment phase was divided into preparatory and implementation phase. 1) Pre- investment phase:- within this phase the specifics of the project were identified in detail. Implementation of the project was decided according to :a) existing optimization strategy for the publicly accessible playgrounds, b) numerous complaints from the citizens on the unsatisfactory state of existing housing elements, c) need for urban transformation of the panel housing of Prague 11 from a mono purpose to multipurpose house-building with a wide variability of leisure activities, d) experience of employees of the Department of the Environment Prague 11 City District, e) survey conducted among the residents which were affected by project implementation. 2) Investment phase – at this stage a respective revitalization and reconstruction of building elements started, a sound implementation of construction works was coordinated by the management of the project, which was in charge of all involved stakeholders. 3) Operational phase: the main aim of operational part of the project was to ensure coverage of operating costs associated with maintenance and repair of the green newly refurbished playgrounds. These costs were covered by the budget of City District Prague 11 and therefore were not included in the budget for this project.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. Not identified. Locality "South City housing" is located between two cadastral areas Chodov and Háje, which belong to the Prague 11 Metropolitan district. This is an area with predominantly panel buildings (with four or more floors) in original condition or after immediate reconstruction of its physical appearance. Those buildings were built mainly in 70’s and 80’s in the socialist era as a place to live for new workers and builders. This space is complemented by low-rise building facilities, administration and services (Municipal Authority, kindergartens, shopping centres, restaurants, etc.) Development of prefab housing estate in the area of Prague 11 Metropolitan District called "South City" was aimed to solve critical housing situation in Prague, however, it was followed with number of negative influences, which is evident especially in the current scale. These effects can be assess from the three basic perspectives. 1) Urban, 2)Functional, 3) Aesthetical. It can be concluded that the demand for the reconstruction of existing constructive elements can be divided into the following aspects: a) urban perspective, b) functional perspective, c) demographic aspects, d) residential segregation, e) safety and hygiene, f) environmental aspects, g) financial aspects

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
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    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. Before the actual implementation of the project, SWOT analysis was conducted as well as a survey among the inhabitants of target area. The current structure of the population assessed their housing situation rather negatively and therefore the regeneration of inappropriately used public space was carried out more comprehensively. Only people residing in the Prague 11 Metropolitan District were included into the questionnaire -which was the total number of 54 out of 60 respondents. The investigation clearly showed that the residents were dissatisfied with the low number and neglected appearance of the playgrounds and demand their reconstruction. 26 respondents wanted a construction of new and modern playgrounds, 22 respondents wanted to cover current playgrounds with green vegetation. Their views stem mainly from the situation of their living (number of children, age of children etc).

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. Overall, the living standard in the area of the block of flats in South City was increased, because the inhabitants of this district benefit from refurbished and revitalized areas and sites . The quality of the whole area was increased from the environmental, urbanistic, functional, aesthetical and ecological point of view.

    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. The major attention has been focused on the overall regeneration of the zone, which should improve the quality of living and pursuing the leisure time activities of the local communities. Impact of the project on the local environment can be characterized by two basic points: - environmental impacts during the investment phase of the project - effects resulting in improvement of the environment after the completion of the project The revitalization of this area significantly help to improve the condition of vegetation, extension of green areas by planting new shrubs and trees, and also an extension of lawns and planting flower beds. The total area affected by the revitalization represents: 11,495 square meters. The outputs of the project: - enhances the aesthetic value and urban areas. - contributed to improvement of air quality and urban vegetation. - contributed to the achievement of equal opportunities, particularly as follows: revitalized sites are accessible to all citizens irrespective of sex, age, etc. - the project has been designed so that the newly renovated areas are accessible to disabled citizens. - the renovation of the playgrounds will have a positive impact on the local families with children. Children will receive a new, modern facilities where they can spend time, accompanied by their parents (new modern benches, etc.)

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
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    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.praha11.cz/cs/granty-a-fondy/fondy-eu/realizovane-projekty-z-fondu-eu/revitalizace-nevhodne-vyuzivanych-ploch-v-praze