Mayer Malacky is a project of a new, multifunctional district that reflects aspects of everyday life in the future. It reflects on sensitive social, technical and environmental integration of isolated greenfield 'beyond the highway' into Malacky, a small city in the metropolitan area of Slovak capital, Bratislava. It outlines strategies for its integration but also develops its own autonomy. It considers impacts of climate crisis. In its essence it builds on principles of circular economy, efficient management of resources including waste in and nearby territory. It outlines strategies for coexistence of different people, trying to mitigate inequalities given by gender, age, economic and ethnic status. It complements functions of original city and invites not only residents but also new visitors. It fights against isolation determined by its geographical conditions.
In June 2018, representatives of the Banská Bystrica Self-Governing Region presented a plan for further use of the building of the former 8-year-old Matej Bel School on Okružná Street in the Sekier housing estate. This is a pilot project dealing with deprived buildings owned by the region. The BBSK intends to revitalize the building, including public spaces adjacent to other civic amenities (post office, kindergarten, rectory, church). In collaboration with Punkt, the BBSK launched a process of long-term revitalization in a participatory form, in discussions with the public, residents, entrepreneurs and potential investors who would like to implement their ideas in the building.
Green Foundation is a young Slovak program-based Foundation transcending Central Europe that primarily focuses on developing social innovation, adapting society to major challenges such as climate change, new technologies, and supporting young people’s civic engagement.
The aim of revitalization of the Palacký street was, besides improving technical and aesthetic condition of the public space, also to change behavior of people by changing the character of the space by activating its economic, cultural and social potential. An international, interdisciplinary team of professionals has created a conceptual study of the most important street in the city of Pardubice through a participative process combined with design thinking,
Enhancing Sustainable Urban Development in Local Politics is the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s training programme for professionals active in the field of urban planning and development with a strong interest in cross-sector cooperation and in making our cities more sustainable and inclusive. The training programme is organised in 4 modules which take place in the Czech Republic (Brno, Prague), Slovakia (Bratislava) and Hungary (Budapest) between November 2016 and September 2017. The first module in Brno was dedicated to Affordable Housing, the latter one, in Prague, to Public Consultations. The training in Bratislava is focused on inter-sectoral work, with the one in Budapest focused on political speech and influencing others.
In collaboration with the ONplan Lab team, I outlined and led the process of envisioning the strategy and future of the Mills Island area in Pardubice, Czech Republic. The area is characterized by contrasts. The iconic monument, Gocar's Mill house and its declining bakery production gives a background to one of the most vibrant parks, Na Spici, on the edge of a quiet residential district. The City of Pardubice identified it to as one of the upcoming transformation zones. In order to maintain the value of the area, a commission was carried out to gather all the relevant information and stakeholders' visions and to organize a legal competition architectural workshop.
The aim of the study is to revitalize this bank of the Vltava river and to bring back its status among the places that we choose as a pleasant and safe way to commute to work, for past-time activities or for unveiling the many layers of its extremely rich, local history. The growing numbers of key, individual investments of local actors and stakeholders became the catalyst for the Institute of Planning and Development to conduct a conceptual and coordinated study. The actors involved were property owners, property managers, attached institutions and the public - all of them becoming partners while formulating the vision for the riverbank. This conceptual study will become a base for the coordination of future individual investment in the private properties and attached public spaces.
The WhatCity? project operates since 2014 as a lively platform of conferences and workshops that strives for new strategies in order to improve the quality of the city environment. The project aims to connect civic initiatives, experts and city authorities; it offers case studies from abroad and tools for effective city development. Our aim is to present unconventional ideas and strategies for city development from multiple points of view. WhatCity? ignites awareness and openness within local communities, creating a context for new dialogues.
Obchodná ulica a okolie is a business association continuously working on increasing quality of the environment, business opportunities and the conceptual transformation of one of the busiest main streets in Bratislava. In a collaborative process, the community brings together representatives of the business community, public, City Hall and various public institutions.
reSITE is a nonprofit platform working at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture and economics. reSITE acts as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership; an international platform to exchange ideas about making cities more livable, competitive and resilient. We protect and promote public spaces, architecture and sustainable development in cities. It is fostering collaboration, dialogue and social innovation between the public and experts in the fields of design, finance and development, municipality leadership and community advocacy. Why? To stimulate action for sustainable urban design and, therefore, better cities. We stand for public spaces.