Last year, Silesian architectural and urban projects could already be submitted to the 23rd competition for the best public space in the region, organized by the local government of the province. Silesian and Katowice branches of the Society of Polish Architects and the Society of Polish Town Planners.

The competition aims to promote development and changes in the formation of public space, counteract the deterioration of space, increase the awareness of residents in terms of its formation and improve the image of the district.

As announced on Friday, the Silesian Provincial Marshal’s Office, in this year’s competition, social inclusion and accessibility activities must be particularly taken into account. It is about promoting solutions that are in line with universal design principles that are suitable for people with special needs.

Proposals can be submitted, inter alia, by designers, investors, mayors of cities, heads of villages and associations. Detailed terms are available at npp.slaskie.pl. Applications must be submitted via the form available at https://enpp.slaskie.pl. The deadline is June 30 this year.

The theme of the competition are urban and architectural projects related to public spaces, consisting of: the formation of new or revitalizing markets, plazas, streets, pedestrian routes, bicycle roads and lanes, transportation hubs, etc., or the formation of new or revitalizing green areas, sports and recreational areas,

Projects may also be submitted in the field of re-evaluation of degraded and post-industrial areas for general purposes, creation and modernization of public utility facilities, and restoration of historical and post-industrial facilities for public utility purposes.

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The jury composed of members of the urban planning and urban planning committee in the governorate, in his opinion, will nominate the best projects among the projects that meet the official conditions, and then select the winners. All nominated, featured and featured projects will be submitted to the national competition of the Association of Polish Town Planners.

The evaluation will also be conducted by the residents of the area in the survey accompanying the competition. A special award is given to the production with the most votes.

33 projects were submitted to the 22nd competition last year. The best public space in the province of Silesia, chosen for the expansion and reconstruction of the former gas plant in Zabrze into a center for social services. Reconstruction of the former granary in Hażlach municipality and its conversion into a museum – the House of Naturalists was also awarded.

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