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

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

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This competitive dialogue is focused on a 56-hectare piece of land located on the bank of the Prague Meander and site of a future, but now outdated, plan for Maniny Park. The districts of Karlín and Libeň suffered significant flood damage in 2002, changing the future of the then mostly working-class neighborhood. The area is targeted for continued growth to connect the business and residential builds of the past 20 years with other improvements in the region. The resulting design of this competition will embrace all these aspects of the area.

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“The aim of the project is to prepare a Rohan Island and Libeň Island Concept Plan, i.e. a strategic development plan for the next decades, and, most importantly, to draw up a detailed landscape study of the Maniny Park project, which will provide flood protection and bring people closer to the river,” explained Petr Hlaváček, the Deputy Mayor responsible for Territorial Planning.

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With a new plan in place, the development will happen gradually and remain somewhat flexible to changing needs as it comes together. The primary goal for the region is not only to provide a natural metropolitan park but to connect the region to the city and the river. Perhaps the premier goal, however, is to offer flood protection against inevitable future events. 

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“The competitive dialogue concerns a 56-hectare site alongside the Vltava River, the vast majority of which is not developable with buildings. The future handling of this area should respect the history of the site, build on its character, strengthen its identity and reflect the wildness of the local landscape,” said Petr Hlubuček, Deputy Mayor of Prague for the Environment

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

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