New Ideas for Old Buildings
Belgrade, 22 – 23 February 2016
The success of a society depends of its ability to use available resources.
When it comes to management of spatial resources, one of the main problems in city of Belgrade is lack of clear strategy for revitalization and putting to use unused spaces in public property. On one side, city and city municipalities have in their disposal large number of empty spaces, while on the other side there is a great number of organizations, informal groups and individuals how are in need of that space. Along with the use of available spaces, the important question is also the involvement of citizens in decision making about the best use of those spaces.
Conference „New Ideas for Old Buildings“, which will be held on 22 and 23 February in “Magacin” and Dom omladine in Belgrade, will adress the issue of the unused spaces in public property through series of workshops, presentations and panel discussions. We will talk about good practices in the field of granting use of spaces through cooperation with institutions, illegal occupation of spaces and their functioning, economic (un)profitability of existing models of management of spaces and ways to involve citizens in decision making concerning management of urban resources.
Project partners – municipality Ajdovščina and Maribor from Slovenia, Nikšić from Montenegro and Oberhausen from Germany, Institute for Spatial Policies (Ljubljana), organizations Expeditio (Kotor), Green Istria (Pula), Kitev (Oberhausen) and Urban Institute (Riga), will be presented at the conference, as well as organizations and projects from Serbia, suggestions for promotion of existing legal frame and mechanisms for improvement of practices for granting use of spaces.
With this conference, we wish to improve the process of study and development of new model of effective use of empty buildings in public property, model that would allow stronger participation of citizens in development of their communities.
The biggest problem in Belgrade is the lack of a clear strategy of how to revitalise and use empty spaces. On one side the city disposes of a large number of empty spaces, and on the other there is a large number of NGOs and individuals who need premises for their activities. Another important issue to be addressed is the absence of citizen participation in decision making processes, in deciding and giving opinion on what for and how to use public buildings.
Goal of the event
An exemplary distribution of empty premises among interested NGOs will be carried out and clear guidelines for the premises acquisition will be prepared. To this end the existing mechanisms will be analysed and alternative ones will be prepared. A model of effective and efficient use of empty buildings will be developed, a model beneficial for the municipality and NGOs and involving citizens in the strategy development and decision-making processes.