Through the introduction of innovative methods, the city of Zagreb is revitalising existing public spaces and improving recreation, leisure and social cohesion for citizens.
The Zagreb for Me project was launched in 2015 by the Zagreb Society of Architects, the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Zagreb and the City of Zagreb. The project fosters collaboration between city officers, citizens, academics and business, encourages discussion and the exchange of ideas, improves existing processes and creates new jobs. The project encompasses the revitalisation of public spaces through the realization of 17 urban interventions at the same time. This distributed approach will improve the general image of the city and raise the quality of life for citizens.
URBACT Good Practice Label
This project was awarded the 'URBACT Good Practice Label' in 2017.
- Zagreb Society of Architects (implementing institution)
- Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb (implementing institution)
- City Office for Spatial Planning and Construction (implementing institution)
- City Acupuncture team
- Think Space team
- Neighbourhood councils, various civil society groups
The challenge for the Zagreb For me project is to increase participation form stakeholder groups and citizens and secure an ongoing budget allocation from the city government.
Zagreb For Me represents an innovative methodology that may be of interest to other cities. In contrast to the established practice of planning that relies fundamentally on professional planning attitudes, or those who consider space transformation on the basis of bottom-up initiatives, this method does not give preference to those approaches, but prefers an equal decision-making process. In this way, a fair, impartial and multi-founded solution to the problem of development of modern cities can be achieved.
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The project illustrates how conflicts between planner's aims and resident's views can be mitigated by participation processes