The Future of Urban Living
May 2018 - present
client. Green Foundation
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. Green Foundation is currently concentrating its attention on the creation of endowment programs, which will be launched in the course of the second half of 2018 (and this is where my part kicks in).
project development, application writing, program management
June 2016-April 2018
client. Goethe-Institut, ev. Prague
Shared Cities: Creative Momentum (SCCM) is a European cultural platform addressing the contemporary urban challenges of European cities. SCCM is a joint project of the Goethe Institute, Czech Centers (CZ), reSITE (CZ), the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of Bratislava (SK), the Association of Belgrade Architects (RS), the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Center - KÉK (HU), Katowice City of Gardens (PL), KUNSTREPUBLIK (DE), Mindspace (HU), Old Market Hall Alliance (SK), Res Publica - Cities Magazine (PL). Co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.
I was the leading project application writer for this European-wide application. In March 2016 the main applicant, Goethe-Institut Prague, was awarded the support of the European Commission in the program Creative Europe: Culture. In June 2016, I accepted an offer from the Goethe-Institut to become the part-time Program Manager of this four year-long project which is operating from Prague. In April 2018 my private life has change so I decided to return to Slovakia and leave this position bound to the city of Prague.
strategy development, project and program consulting
March 2015 - June 2018
client: Obchodna ulica a okolie
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.
I began my collaboration with this diverse platform in 2015, helping them establish a formalized institution and to set the long-term, mid-term and short-term strategy. I have also participated with in-depth studies. Since 2016, I have consulted on the project Brand New Obchodna that is launching the first outdoor advertising manual in the city.
applied research, public and stakeholder participation, facilitation and architectural competition organization
June 2016 - December 2016
client: ONplan Lab, Mesto Pardubice
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.
concept and program development, training
October 2016 - October 2017
Prague, Brno (CZ), Bratislava (SK), Budapest (HU)
client: Heinrich Böll Stiftung, ev. Prague
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.
For the Enhancing Sustainable Urban Development in Local Politics program, I curate the content, co-create formats and co-facilitate the training.
program development and dramaturgy, facilitation and moderation
2015 - present
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.
For oz Punkt, the organizer of WhatCity series, I curate the program of conferences and workshops, invite and brief speakers and connect them to current issues in Bratislava
public and stakeholder participation expert
January 2016 - May 2016
client: Institute of Planning and Development Prague
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.
co-founding, platform developing, coordinating
November 2011 - June 2015
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.
I was a founding member of reSITE and was actively coordinating and developing it since its beginning in 2011 until 2015 when I decided to pursue work as an independent professional.