ISSUE N°6, November 2018


Dear Friends,

The summer months have drawn to a close, and we here at IPR are in the midst of a busy fall season. In this issue, you can read about Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI) in Prague and its metropolitan area, the Prague Creative Center, and the second workshop focusing on Prague's vision for climate and water resilience. We'll also give you a short recap of the last few months and an overview of what’s to come.

Happy reading!

The EU and International Affairs Team, IPR Prague

What happens at the Prague Creative Center? 

The Prague Creative Center, established by Prague City Hall in 2017, is the city’s living creative laboratory. It links residents, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and the private sector with representatives of the public sector. The mission is to discover innovative solutions for a creative city and foster cooperation that IPR can incorporate into Prague’s urban development strategy. The Creative Center hosts lectures, screenings, and workshops for the public, and provides a hub for a number of creative institutions.

The Creative Center is housed in a historic building adjacent to the Old Town City Hall, in the heart of Old Town Square. This historic building was vacant for 10 years and fell into disrepair before being renovated for the Creative Center. 

In May, the Prague Creative Center hosted an event called “Next to the Astronomical Clock”, during which the institutions that are centered in the Creative Center were introduced, and attendees were able to tour the entire building while learning more about how to get involved with the Center’s activities. 

You can read more about the Prague Creative Center here.


photo: ITI mobility project for an integrated bike network incorporating four towns

Update on Prague's ITI strategy

Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) is a financial tool in­troduced within the European Union's structural pol­icy for the 2014-2020 programming period to boost the implementation of territorial integrated strategies in metropolitan areas. The Prague Metropolitan Area is one of seven metropolitan areas in the Czech Republic using the ITI tool; implementation in Prague began in 2017.

The three priority areas of Prague’s ITI Strategy are: 

  1. Mobility: develop “intelligent” transport, improve speed within the Prague Metropolitan Area, encourage stron­ger preference for public transport, increase regional mo­bility by linking network infrastructure, reduce the negative effects of the transport system on the en­vironment, focus on sustainable transport; 
  2. Protection against natural risks and floods; and
  3. Education: ensure affordable and quality education, in­crease the capacity of pre-school education, and improve the capacity and quality of educational facilities in line with labor market requirements.

IPR’s ITI team administers call for proposals for various ITI projects and evaluates compliance with the ITI strategy of the city. By October of this year, our team had worked on 22 calls for proposals. 

Thus far, calls have been made for 100% of the allocated budget for education. Some education projects are still in the evaluation phase while others are being realized. Of the transport budget, 40% has been allocated to projects, with some projects in the evaluation phase and others in implementation. Most of the allocated budget for protection against natural risks and floods has also been allocated, with implementation of most of the projects still pending. 

You can read more about ITI in Prague here (Czech only).

Prague Hosts Week of UNaLAB Workshops for a Resilient Prague in 2050

In August, Prague hosted a week of inspiring activities as part of the European-funded Urban Nature Labs project (UNaLAB). Prague is a “Follower City” under this multi-year project, which aims to employ nature-based solutions for enhancing the city’s climate resilience using “co-creation processes”. Under this approach, multiple stakeholders are brought together to achieve the best possible outcome.

As part of the week’s activities, the German Fraunhofer Institution IAO interviewed 17 experts from key Prague-based institutions to help map the current state of climate and water resilience in Prague. A workshop was held in conjunction with the interviews to identify possible intervention areas for nature-based solutions to increase Prague’s resiliency.

Later in the week, representatives from the Eindhoven University of Technology conducted a workshop to develop a more detailed vision for climate and water resilience in Prague. The vision was defined on the basis of Prague’s stated ambition for climate resilience:
“Prague 2050: A liveable city in harmony with nature”.
The ideas being discussed were simultaneously drawn and projected on a large screen with the help of a graphic designer. The final result of the discussions was an illustration of Prague’s vision for climate and water resilience, which you can see below, or here in full resolution.

The vision workshop was the second of a series of three workshops that are being held to create a roadmap of nature-based solutions towards the climate and water resilience of Prague in 2050. The third workshop is expected to be held in the second half of 2019. We hope to transfer the energy and inspiration generated during the week of workshops into projects already underway, such as the Climate Adaptation Strategy and development of the Green Infrastructure Strategy for the City of Prague.

You can learn more about the workshops and about UNaLAB.


Imagine Prague! A New Exhibition at CAMP

The city center collapses under the strain of tourists and stores selling Russian nesting dolls. Apartment prices drive residents out of the city and traffic jams increase pollution. Universities cut all contact with the city and hide away in their own little bubbles. Is this not how you imagine Prague? Come to the new exhibit at the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP) and step into the shoes of city planners to build the city of the future.

Visitors to the new exhibition at CAMP can try their hand at building the city with something akin to a computer simulator. “You determine how many cars or trams there will be in the city, you’ll build new apartments, and then you can see how your decisions influence the development of the city. You can also compare the results of your decision-making with actual Prague data,” explains Ondřej Boháč, Director of IPR Prague.

In a playful way, the exhibition focuses on the city’s strategic development and introduces a key document – Prague’s Strategic Plan. “The Strategic Plan looks at the city from a great height; the use of gaming elements helps visitors grasp the plan. The game and the immediate feedback that visitors get on the screen is a great way to show them how the city functions,” says Tomáš Lapáček, Director of the Strategy and Policy Section at IPR Prague.

Click here to read more. 


How do you design a good public space in the city for children and young people?

The response to this question is presented by Dutch designer Elger Blitz, founder of the award-winning Carve Studio. Blitz says he "accidentally" got involved in designing playgrounds in the early nineties. His unconventional approach and distinctive ideas on designing for kids and teenagers have made him a popular guest lecturer at universities in the Netherlands and around the world.

You can watch the entire presentation and Q&A with Elger Blitz from the 17th minute of this video.


Spotlight on the Office of Communications
Marek Vácha, IPR Prague Media Spokesman and Head of the Office of Communications

For this issue of the newsletter, we had the pleasure of chatting with Marek Vácha, Head of IPR Prague’s Office of Communications and IPR Prague’s official spokesperson.

What is the main goal of IPR Prague’s communication strategy and which tools do you find the most effective for communicating with the public?

“The communication office was established in 2013 with the aim of getting the theme of urban planning out among Prague residents. At first, we worked on putting out standard press releases, calling journalists, and starting our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. We soon began to understand that we needed to get out into the streets to talk to actual people. However, we had trouble attracting more than just a small group of the same people to our early events. It wasn’t until IPR Prague temporarily banned cars from the Smetana waterfront and invited residents to a neighborhood picnic that more people in the city finally noticed us. 

We also founded CAMP – the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning—because we wanted to create a space where people can come and find out more about what’s going on in Prague. However, I consider our so-called “contact campaign”, where we introduce IPR Prague’s work to residents face-to-face, to be our most effective form of communication. This approach proved to be very successful earlier this year, when we introduced the new land use plan for Prague to residents through a mobile information center made from a reconfigured shipping container.”
What are the biggest challenges you are tackling within your work?

“The biggest challenge is to explain to people just how complex the city really is and that its problems are often not easy to solve. And I’m not just talking about the general public. An essential part of our work is communication with the political leadership of the city and that of the city districts. The councilors change every four years with our municipal elections, and our task is to inform, offer solutions and, most importantly, to maintain continuity in the development of Prague.

Today, a lot of people know what IPR Prague is and where to find CAMP, but of course, not everyone is a fan of ours. A big challenge, therefore, is communicating with people who may hold different opinions from ours, as well as with “haters”. We welcome this challenge, as it forces us to continually self-reflect.”


Vietnamese delegation at CAMP

We largely took a break from traveling and hosting over the summer, though we did manage to stay engaged with OECD. One of our colleagues attended an OECD work session in Amsterdam, while another was off to Astana to discuss the impacts of transport policy. We also had a representative at the URBACT City Festival in Lisbon in September, where we were inspired by URBACT networks working to make cities around the world better places to live, work, and visit.

We were delighted to host delegations from Finland, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea and Vietnam who wanted to learn about city planning in Prague. We are always happy to engage in knowledge exchange with planners, architects, public officials, and others interested in city planning from around the world. 

CAMP celebrates its first birthday! 
Happy birthday, CAMP! Since its opening in September 2017, CAMP has hosted over 60,000 visitors. It has attracted both local and foreign experts for a wide variety of discussions and presentations in the field of architecture and city planning. The exhibition on the Metropolitan Plan over the summer attracted a record 15,000 visitors. We hope that the program for the new season will generate even more interest!

You can check out CAMP's programme for the coming months and plan your own visit.


Stockholm and Copenhagen; Adapting to Climate Change in Practice: This conference taking place on November 8th in CAMP will provide a unique opportunity to learn from projects focusing on the climate adaptation of Stockholm and Copenhagen. The discussion will also touch on the possibility of transferring this experience and good practices to Prague and the wider Czech Republic. The aim of the event is to generate practical and realistic solutions for adaptation measures in the urban environment, and to promote new technologies and procedures for the maintenance of the green and blue infrastructure of the city. The conference builds on the Implementation Plan of the Adaptation Strategy of Prague and the UNALAB project.

We are also looking forward to attending the EUROCITIES 2018 conference in Edinburgh at the end of November. Prague will be hosting the EUROCITIES 2019 conference, so we hope to glean inspiration and insight from our time in Edinburgh.



What is it like to live in a city like New York? Where do you spent your free time? Are transformation areas armed for climate change?

Read "A Storm Resilient Park in Queens" to find out how New York is transforming a former industrial area along the East River in Queens into a climate resilient, multifunctional public space. 


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