Urban planning is central to new or thought-out areas that house and employ the population. Sometimes it’s a process that happens before a city takes root at all. Other times, as in the case of the Prague Meander, an area gets a different life.
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Prague has opened the doors to an internationally competitive dialogue, which is a design competition involving a number of professional planners. This includes landscape architects, architects or urban designers and water engineers who create a plan that meets the needs of all invested parties such as politicians, administrators and important local entities.
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This competitive dialogue is focused on a 56-hectare piece of land located on the shores of the Gulf of Prague and the site of a future but now obsolete plan for Maniny Park. The districts of Karlín and Libeň suffered significant floods in 2002, which changed the future of the then predominantly working-class neighborhood. The area is targeted for continued growth to connect the last 20 years of commercial and residential construction with other improvements in the region. The resulting design of this competition will cover all these aspects of the field.
“The aim of the project is to prepare a Rohan Island and Libeň Island Concept Plan, ie a strategic development plan for the next decades, and most importantly to prepare a detailed landscape study of the Maniny Park project, which will provide flood protection and bring people closer the river, ”explained Petr Hlaváček, deputy mayor in charge of territorial planning.
With a new plan in place, development will take place gradually and remain somewhat flexible in relation to changing needs as it comes together. The primary goal of the region is not only to create a natural metropolitan park, but to connect the region with the city and the river. Perhaps the primary goal, however, is to offer flood protection against unavoidable future events.
“The competitive dialogue concerns a 56-hectare plot of land along the Vltava River, the vast majority of which cannot be developed with buildings. The future management of this area should respect the history of the place, build on its character, strengthen its identity and reflect the wildness of the local landscape. , ”Said Petr Hlubuček, Prague’s Deputy Mayor for the Environment.
With an emphasis on the natural surroundings of the river and park roads, the development will reflect the societal mood of the future Vltava Philharmonic Hall on the opposite bank.
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