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Prague Takes On Creating Its Unique Transport Stops and Public Furniture

Czech Republic Architecture News - Mar 22, 2018 - 04:46   19172 views

Prague Takes On Creating Its Unique Transport Stops and Public Furniture

The city of Prague aims to revive its transport stops. The open call was announced to the public by IPR Prague (the Prague Institute of Planning and Development) and Prague City Hall in March 2018. The open call attempts to revive local transportation stops that lack a coherent visual identity and coherence so that the design proposals should represent the unique character of the city and timeless design. The selected design proposal will expectedly pay utmost care to come up with unique and locally sound ideas for designing the city's transport shelters and railings.

Prague Takes On Creating Its Unique Transport Stops and Public Furniture

The confirmed deadline for submitting applications is the 18th of April at 3 pm, and the general timing of the contest can be found below and also here:

The Schedule

12. 03. 2018 - Notification of commencement of the procedure  

18. 04. 2018 - Submission of all applications     

End of June 2018 - Submission of design proposals (Phase 1)

September 2018 - Presentation of design proposals and consultations (Phase 2)

October/November 2018 - The selection of winning proposals by the committe (Phase 3)

December 2018 - Announcement of results

The technical specifications and all documents regarding the procedures can be seen here.        

The search for reviving the city's public transport stops is a follow-up to the previous competition for designing Prague's urban furniture: benches, bike racks and bins. The urban furniture design contest was launched in 2016 and the announcement of the winners took place on 24th October 2017 last year. And the selected urban furniture design is expected to appear gradually on the streets of Prague this year.

Prague Takes On Creating Its Unique Transport Stops and Public Furniture

The winners of the competition for designing new urban furniture for Prague. Image © Michal Froněk and Jan Němeček 

The recent announcement highlights that in addition to the basic functions of transport stops, the new design should come up with creative ideas for easy maintenance, refined forms of timeless design, resistance and clear orientation for passengers. According to Adriana Krnáčová, the mayor of Prague, around 2000 stops in the city will be gradually transformed and the new design for Prague's public transport shelters and railings will be "sensitive, modern but also tasteful and timeless."

The negotiation procedures with publication aim to make the competition process more open to feedback and sharing know-how by different actors, i.e. the commission, invited experts and the contracting authority. As a result, this can help the city makers establish a better functioning process of communication and make the city of Prague benefit from such competitions. 

All images © The Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR Prague) 

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