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Planning of Public Spaces of Small Cities


The Project Planning of public spaces of small cities responds to the demand of smaller cities for a simple guide, which would advise them how to plan public spaces with regard to the needs of the population and current technological possibilities.

In contrast of the larger Cities as the seats of local authorities, the smaller cities suffer from the deficiency of personnel and professional capacities.

Our basic research premise is that the urban structure, e.g. architecture of the surrounding buildings, the transport or the choice of surfaces and outdoor furniture, do not only form an attractiveness of public spaces. The quality of the urban structure is just one of the key aspects. We assign the same importance to human activity in public spaces and ability to adapt to the new demands the digital age. Multidisciplinary team of specialists in architecture and urbanism, sociology and participatory design and the application of new technologies in public spaces participates in the creation of this methodology.

The main output of the project is a certified methodology, which will be a simple guide for representatives of municipalities of smaller cities. The aim of the methodology is not to educate representatives of municipalities, to make them experts in urban Planning and participatory design. The aim is to make them equal partners for professionals. The partners who have a vision, can consider the basic advantages and disadvantages of the proposed solutions and make informed decisions.

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Velká Polom. Author: Ateliér 38, s.r.o.

The project Livable cities and communities: Guidelines for planning of public space in digital era will be completed in April 2021. The research was supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, the ETA program. The application guarantor is the Central Bohemian Innovation Centre.