RENEWED POST-SOCIALIST CITY: COMPETITIVE AND ATTRACTIVE - Final ReNewTown Project Conference
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, February 11th and 12th, 2014
Call for Papers
The project entitled New Post-Socialist City: Competitive and Attractive (in short the ReNewTown project) has been implemented through the Central Europe Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Its primary focus is on reduction of disparities and improved quality of post-socialist urban environment (not only by positive transformation of residential landscapes but also by improved quality and accessibility of public spaces, increased provision of cultural and social events, increased support of entrepreneurial initiatives, strengthened identity, creation of common values, etc.). To this end several model approaches have been identified and four pilot actions implemented in post-socialist cities from four different Central and Eastern European countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia).
Call for Papers Information
Central Europe's recent socialist past has left more than 300 million people living with a complex urban legacy. Some of them have experienced positive transformations of where they live. But many continue to be challenged by problems related to urban design, use of public spaces, economic decline, and social and cultural deprivation. Poor condition of buildings and public spaces and lack of places and facilities for cultural events and sports are often coupled with high unemployment and shortage of business opportunities for the local population. Lack of community spirit or a real sense of belonging is often the result of depressing living conditions. The new ReNewTown project, which is supported by the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, aims to address some of these problems whilst enhancing positive aspects of the socialist legacy.
ReNewTown – New post-socialist city: Competitive and Attractive – seeks to reduce territorial inequalities between towns and cities in Central Europe by delivering innovative urban development solutions that will enhance the quality of urban areas with socialist heritage. Pilot actions are undertaken in four cities of Central Europe – Krakow (Poland), Velenje (Slovenia), Prague (the Czech Republic), and Hnusta (Slovakia). The planned regeneration activities are diverse, all aiming to improve the quality of life of the local residents.
ReNewTown will be carried out by a cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral partnership of practitioners – urban and regional policy makers and managers – and science and technology experts. Public administrations of four countries – Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia – have committed to implement regeneration activities. The Polish Academy of Sciences leads this 3-year project. KIT is one of the knowledge providers in the partnership, pooling its multi-disciplinary capacities and expertise in project design, development and dissemination, and drawing on its long-term experience in national and European R&D projects. The ITAS team of KIT is particularly interested in identifying the strategic pathway to rebuilding the post-socialist city through heritage and tourism, in re-inventing socialist heritage by bonding urban districts and neighborhoods with their people and businesses, and in rediscovering the post-socialist city through re-interpreting old legacies, inspired by local heritage and tourism. This requires a rethinking of the post-socialist heritage in a holistic way – linking tangible and intangible resources with an outlook to the future – and a new framing of the post-socialist city by re-inventing the past and joining up for a new vision of urban transformations. KIT wants to explore how these aims can be achieved by curating the urban space as a cultural heritage experience for both residents and visitors, especially through the use of innovative digital technologies.
Project website: http://www.renewtown.eu
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