The pilot project involves local stakeholders into the revitalization process of the housing estate Vybíralka
Prague’s housing estates are relatively well-off (on average ±2% around the city-wide average on most socio-economic indicators). There are trends that predict a potential for social decline which have to be tackled at early stage (40% of Prague´s inhabitants are living in housing estates). A pilot project on revitalization of the Vybíralka housing estate area shall handle (upcoming) problems (e.g.sojourn quality, communist image). The project challenges prevention of social decline and as well as to overcome the existing barrier for cooperation of stakeholders. Breaking long-established bureaucracy and participating in new working processes are combatted alike the traditional atmosphere of mistrust between actors which is a path-dependent effect widespread among former communist regimes.
The goal is to increase socio-economic resilience of Prague’s housing estates by increasing quality of life through measures and prevent social decline. Our objective is to overcome the negative stereotype of housing estates; called bit unfairly “rabbit hutches”. We are doing this strengthening the human element, by improving the quality and usability of public space (creating leisure and recreation opportunities), walkability, humanizing roads and streets (i.e. optimizing car traffic, public transport and parking) and optimizing the ecosystem of green spaces. The whole process is defined by an emphasis on place-making and participatory planning which actively involves inhabitants and all stakeholders. The most important goal is to empower and to emancipate the local community.
PROMOTER TYPOLOGY Public authority PRACTICE TYPOLOGY Top-down, Bottom-up ACTIVITY TYPOLOGY Cultural activites concerning urban space use and transformation Participatory planning Local communities mobilisation INVOLVED ACTORS Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR Prague) Prague 14 district City Hall of Prague Praha 14 Kulturn & Plechárna Cerný Most General public citizens (inhabitants of Vybiralka and users of its area) Anthropictures MAKAI atelier FINANCING Public, subsidy, private SPACE OWNERSHIP&TYPOLOGY Mixed owned, green space/public space/whole neighborhood CITY/REGION Prague (Czech Republic) WEB REFERENCE