Contested city

Only few of us have a full understanding of the way cities and those who live in them are affected by contemporary economics and politics. For citizens, the 1989 revolution was a promise of empowerment over their right to influence the development of where they live. However, most of us remain rather helpless in this respect. The unrestrained and uncoordinated development of Prague is rarely consulted with the public, and destroys the city’s living environment, cultural values, and social cohesion. The absence of functional regulatory tools in Prague leads not only to privatization of the commons, but also impedes socially responsible business and investment.

The conference Contested City is based on the premise that ideal urban development connects the interests of citizens, developers, investors and politicians. In the Czech environment, this connection has very little tradition. The conference therefore focuses on the European experience with citizen participation in designing strategic visions of cities. In an educational rather than academic way, the conference intends to present the target groups (municipal politicians and authorities, NGOs, professionals and students of disciplines concerned with town and strategic planning) personal experience and actual approaches in participatory urban planning.


  • April 23-25, 2015
  • Thursday, 23th April
  • Friday, 24th April
  • Saturday, 25th April
18:00 - 19:30Introducing short spapers Karel Maier, Luděk Sýkora + moderated discussionKarel Maier, Luděk Sýkora, moderator Michaela Pixová
 1st block “The role of civic protests energy in strategic planning” (short papers, panel discussion, open discussion)Moderator Helen Lenda
9:00 - 9:20From civic protest to the municipal politics and planning of the cityJan Čižinský - mayor of Prague 7
9:20 - 10:00Contested city: the conflicts and collaboration of the interests in the city, an introductionPetr Klápště, Olga Richterová
10:00 – 10:20How to transform the protests to the constructive energy: from rejected investment to the participatory strategic planBlažena Hušková
10:30 - 11:10Participatory processes in a post-communist country. Approaches, experiences and examples from Romania.Anamarie Vrabie
11:15 - 12:00Moderated discussion with the guests
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
 2nd block “The role of capital and entrepreneurs in the local planning context” (short papers, panel discussion, open discussion)Michaela Pixová
13:10 - 13:40To the role of private investments in the local development: an introduction and practical experienceLucie Doleželová
13:40 – 14:20How to utilize positively the private capital in the context of local development? Positive experience and examples from the NetherlandDana Ponec
Coffee break
14:30 – 15:00Decision-making in urban design, urban renewal, urban development and the realisation of master plans and buildings in Rotterdam.Paul Koch
15:00 – 15:30The City: Searching for Modus VivendiVít Řezáč
15:30 - 15:50Participation as a strategy: new tools of IPR.Petr Návrat, Lucie Stejskalová
16:00 - 17:00Moderated discussion with the guests
10:00 - 14:00Workshop in the seat of ARCHIP, Františka Křížka street no. 1
The workshop focuses on a real issue currently being solved in the local municipality of Prague 7. The representatives of the municipality bring background information about a place or topic connected with place, where participatory process is desirable. The attendants will discuss together and prepare a plan for participatory process appropriate for the state of the place and local community: creation of partnership and project team, more detailed plan for the first steps and general scheme for further phases of the process.


Bio Oko, Františka Křížka 460/15, 170 00 Prague 7

PRAGUE 7 city district is where the conference takes place. It is situated on the peninsula of the river Vltava northern from the historical city centre surrounded with two large parks: Letná Gardens on the natural terrace with a beautiful view on the city centre and Stromovka in the north. Prague 7 supports the participatory processes and the representatives of the municipality participate actively in the conference. Read more at

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All necessary informations about the upcoming events

How much is the conference fee and when is it payable?
There is no conference fee.

How to get here the best??
We recommend using the Prague public transport. From the underground C line station Vltavská is it to Bio OKO 7 – 10 minutes by walk and about 2 minutes by walk is a frequented tram stop Kamenická.

Where to accommodate ?
We would recommend you to stay in hotel Belvedere situated in the Františka Křížka Street as Bio OKO and ARCHIP. Both conference sites are up to 2 minutes by walk from this hotel.

Is there a catering service provided on the conference?
You can help yourself freely with soft drinks in the conference room. The board is individual. There is a rich choice of restaurants and cafés in the neighbourhood.