Public Spaces Program
Public Spaces Program called PrieStory in Slovak was launched in 2005 as a brand new concept in Slovakia. It is based on the US program - Project for Public Spaces, that has been adjusted to Slovak conditions.
Program endeavors to reach two main goals. The first, more visible one is to revitalize neglected public spaces and transform them into vital meeting places. The second goal, less visible but very important from our point of view, is to involve people living in the neighborhood, surrounding blocks of flats or streets in the planning of this reconstruction. In other words - people assist not just corporeally in reconstruction of the place itself, but also (and foremost ) they come up with the idea of how the place should look, what kind of functions it should serve etc. The program methodology is subordinated to these two goals and strong planning and communication components (e.g. public meetings, planning weekends, campaigns, presentation of proposals etc.) have to be incorporated into the supported projects. Through the active participation of the citizens in planning and the revitalization of public spaces we increase their interest in public affairs and help local leaders to activate other citizens in the locality.
Goal of the Program
Involvement of citizens in their environment improvement, increasing their participation in public affairs and strengthening their communities.
Supported Activities and Outcomes
Program provides necessary education and technical assistance to selected applicants (advice on public participation, meetings facilitation, basic help in methodology for architects participating in the projects, etc.) as well as financial support.
The expected outcomes of the projects:
Actual calls for proposals, evaluation criteria and process, maximum grant amount, etc. are available in Slovak at the program’s web page: http://www.priestory.sk/