Dear reader,

I am delighted to introduce this first edition of the IPR´s international newsletter. We intend to issue it on quarterly basis to keep you in touch with the latest developments which relate to urban and strategic planning in Prague. We hope that the newsletter will not only inform you about our current projects but also inspire you and perhaps even initiate new collaborations. 

I hope you will enjoy reading it!

Martina Macáková
International and EU Affairs Specialist, IPR Prague


The New Stragic Plan of Prague: Investing in culture, fostering innovation and caring for the elderly. 

The Prague City Assembly has approved a new vision for the next decade. The new Strategic Plan of Prague shall lead to a long term, sustainable and smart urban development. Its main aim is to improve the quality of life in the city and to react effectively and flexible on the current and future needs of the population. Some key development strategies are related to economy, education and participation of citizens.

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The new Prague Building Regulations

On 1 August 2016, the new Prague Building Regulations came into effect. Prague thus became the only city in the Czech Republic to have its own building regulations. Building regulations emphasise the fact that new structures should respect the nature of the land on which they are located. Newly constructed buildings on squares and larger city streets should be built in such a way that the ground floor adjacent to the public space is directly accessible and may be easily used for businesses and services.

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Download the document here: Prague Building Regulations


Jan Gehl will help Prague to transform the city´s arterial motorway into an urban boulevard

In March 2017 the Gehl architects team will come to Prague to work on a transformation of the North-South Magistrála, the city´s arterial road. The plan is to reshape surrounding public space in order to overcome the barrier to access and movement that the road currently presents. Participant observation research will take place in order to identify the most problematic places.

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Prague and Central Bohemian Region will cooperate together using ITI

The two regions will use the ITI (Integrated Territorial Investments) that provides a flexible mechanism for formulating integrated responses to diverse territorial needs. ITI allows EU Member States to bundle funding from several priority axes of one or more Operational Programmes.

The main thematic focus of Prague´s ITI strategy lies on the improvement of intelligent transport (P+R, cycling paths), regional education and flood protection measures. First calls for project proposals on these 3 themes has been already launched.

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SPIMA project: research on metropolitan governance in Prague

Prague takes part in the ESPON targeted analysis "Spatial dynamics and strategic planning in metropolitan areas" (SPIMA). The issue of metropolitan development is gaining more and more attention by stakeholders on all levels of governance throughout Europe, Prague included. The SPIMA project aims to develop solutions to the development challenges raised by metropolitan areas from eight different countries, with the emphasis on delivering innovative evidence with high relevance for policy makers.

The first project meeting took place in December last year in Brussels. Beginning of February the research team will come to Prague to conduct expert interviews about the Prague Metropolitan Region.

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Pilot project on the revitalization of Prague´s housing estates

IPR Prague has initiated a revitalization project of the Vybíralka site in the Černý Most housing estate located in the Eastern part of Prague. The project is based on a collaborative work of IPR Prague, Prague 14 City District, NGO´s and local residents. In Prague more than one-third of the city´s inhabitants live in housing estates, all facing problems such as neglected greenery, anonymous residents and a lack of leisure activities. Therefore the approach applied in the Vybíralka pilot project will gather experience and shall be replicated at other housing estates in Prague or somewhere else.

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Visit the project on Facebook or on its homepage (in Czech).

Collaborative planning for the confluence area of the Berounka and Vltava rivers

IPR Prague is setting a scene for developing a common strategy for the confluence area of the Berounka and Vltava rivers. This project called “Soutok” will bring together different municipalities, businesses, landowners and other institutions acting the area in order to create common understanding. They will start working together to change this formerly neglected area into a new periurban park. First changes will be implemented in 2017.

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INTERVIEW: Jan Gehl about public spaces in Prague

Jan Gehl, renowned Danish architect and a global leader in people centered urban design, talked with IPR Prague about the city´s public space, its transformations and how people use it. Watch a short video which we shot when he visited Prague.

Click here to watch the interview.

CONFERENCE: Principles of planning European cities

On the 9th of December 2016 an international syposium took place in Prague. Experts from Germany, United States, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic came together to discuss different planning principles of spatial planning in European and American cities.

Click here to watch the lectures. The speaker´s presentations are also available. 



Scenario study on externalities and public costs of Prague´s transport

How will the new land-use plan of Prague save public budget costs in comparison to the current land-use plan from 1999? Which negative externalities are predicted for future individual car transport and public transport costs?

Read the answers in our latest analysis comparing the two scenarios! Click here to read the document.



Architectural competition for Výstaviště entry gates

An architectural competition for new entry gates of Výstaviště exhibition grounds and adjacent public space will be called at the end of January 2017. The aim is to make the site easily accessible for public and create a closer link with the surrounding urban environment. Expected date of commencement of implementation is 2018.

The call for the competition will be published at our website.

reSITE 2017 Conference: In/visible City

June 22-23, Forum Karlin Prague

reSITE conference will be back in Prague next June and will focus on how the invisible shapes are visible in a city. It will explore everything that makes a city functional, that drives the economy and consumes a consequent part of municipal budgets despite being invisible - like technical infrastructure such as water. reSITE is inviting fourty today´s most inspiring and innovative architects, landscape architects, planners, municipal leaders, real estate developers and city makers to exchange ideas, push the limits of how we think about city making and give practical examples with successful solutions.

The first confirmed speaker will come from Paris: Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika in charge of town planning, architecture, economic development and competitiveness will give a speacial lecture about Reinvent Paris, one of world´s biggest and most ambitious urban development projects.

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