Brno’s city architect has launched an international contest to remasterplan the Špitálka district of the Czech Republic’s second largest city
The single-stage competition invites participants to draw up a 24.5ha ‘smart city’ masterplan for the residential and industrial zone bordering the historic centre, which has been earmarked for massive regeneration.
The call for concepts is part of the European Union-backed Ruggedised project which aims to create exemplar urban spaces powered by secure, affordable and clean energy, and harnessing smart electro-mobility, smart tools and services.
In its brief, the city architect says the competition’s aim ‘is to get a quality urban design and to find a solution that will be used for the next steps leading to a change of the Brno City Master Plan and regulatory plan of the area.
‘The solution should have a unifying concept and long-term sustainability that naturally and functionally integrate the whole area into the city’s structure. It should find new functions for parts of the city for revitalisation, improve citizens’ lives and reduce environmental impact.’
Špitálka is a historic central district of Brno, featuring 19-century housing, large industrial areas and pockets of deprivation.
The competition is part of the EU’s Ruggedised initiative, which is also promoting flagship smart city zones in Rotterdam, Glasgow, Umeå, Gdaňsk and Parma.
Proposals fwill be expected to regenerate the area as a new ‘smart district’ with improved connections to the surrounding city. Concepts will also be required to focus on ‘energy efficiency and self-sufficiency, adaptability to climate changes and social resilience’.
Judges include Barbara van den Broek, urban planner at the City of Rotterdam; Pavel Hnilička of local practice Pavel Hnilička Architekti; Petr Vokřál, lord mayor of the City of Brno; and the city’s deputy mayor for smart cities, Jaroslav Kacer.
The overall winner will receive CZK 500,000 (£17,000), while there will also be a second prize of CZK 400,000 (£13,000) and third prize of CZK 300,000 (£10,000).
The deadline for applications is 21 January.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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