Prague – The form and details of Prague’s historic streets and public spaces will be determined by a new municipal concept. It deals, for example, with the arrangement of public spaces, surfaces or equipment such as benches or baskets. The document is intended to facilitate communication between preservationists, the city and its institutions, or architects and private investors. The goal is to find an intersection between heritage protection and the modern way of using public spaces. This follows from the document approved by the Prague councilors today.
“Streets and squares are used in a completely different way than at the time of their creation. Therefore, if there is a revitalization of public space, an answer must be sought as to how public spaces can be modified to meet the needs of today’s people, while preserving their historical qualities.” it says in the document.
The material deals, among other things, with height profiles, when preservationists refuse to have curbs at the same height as the road. According to the document, such an arrangement should be an exceptional phenomenon. The roadway and sidewalk should be at the same level only in justified cases where they increase traffic safety, for example in front of schools. For safety reasons, the material allows so-called planted corners, which narrow the throat of the street and thus shorten the length of the crossing for pedestrians, and islands at crossings are also allowed.
In the case of paving, patterns and materials typical for Prague are intended to remain the main solution. The document also deals with the placement of furniture or the planting of trees in the streets. Rows of trees should be planted especially where there is a city block development. Individual trees should be in places where a tree has already grown. The surroundings of the trees in the immediate and most frequented historical center should be cast iron, elsewhere steel is permissible.
According to the document, the methodology is not a dogma on how to approach the modification of public spaces, but rather a guide that will facilitate communication between preservationists and other stakeholders, whether private investors or municipal companies. “Each project requires an individual approach,” it says in it.