Prague Meander competition to reinvent the district of Prague

Urban planning is essential for new or redesigned areas that house and employ people. Sometimes it’s a process that happens even before a city takes root. Other times, as in the case of the Prague Meander, an area is given a second life.

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Prague has opened the doors to an international competitive dialogue, which is a design competition that incorporates a variety of professional planners. This includes landscape architects, architects or urban planners and water engineers creating a plan that meets the needs of all involved parties such as politicians, administrators and important local entities.

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An aerial view of a riverside community.

This competitive dialogue relates to a 56-hectare site located on the banks of the Meander in Prague and site of a future project now outdated for the Maniny Park. The neighborhoods of Karlín and Libeň suffered extensive flood damage in 2002, changing the future of the then predominantly working-class neighborhood. The area is targeted for continued growth to connect commercial and residential construction of the past 20 years with other improvements in the area. The resulting design of this competition will encompass all of these aspects of the region.

An aerial view of a riverside community.

“The aim of the project is to prepare a conceptual plan for the island of Rohan and the island of Libeň, i.e. a strategic development plan for the next decades, and, above all, to establish a detailed landscape study of the Maniny Park project, which will provide protection and bring people closer to the river,” explained Petr Hlaváček, Deputy Mayor responsible for land use planning.

A staircase leading to a small dock over the water.

With a new plan in place, development will happen gradually and will remain somewhat flexible to changing needs as it unfolds. The primary objective for the region is not only to provide a natural metropolitan park, but to connect the region to the city and the river. However, the primary purpose may be to provide flood protection against unavoidable future events.

A road to the left of a house.

“The competitive dialogue relates to a plot of 56 hectares along the Vltava River, the vast majority of which is not constructible. The future management of this area must respect the history of the site, build on its character, reinforce its identity and reflect the wild character of the local landscape,” said Petr Hlubuček, Deputy Mayor of Prague for the Environment.

Two people running in a park.

With an emphasis on the natural surroundings of the river and promenades, the development will reflect the community vibe of the future Vltava Philharmonic Hall on the opposite bank.

+ IPR Prague

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