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ReNewTown team

In these issue you can read about the pilot action taken place in Velenje this summer as part of project called 'New post-socialist city: Competitive and Attractive'. The ReNewTown pilot action in the City Municipality of Velenje was designed to preserve both tangible and intangible heritage of the target area.

The pilot action area is a public space between blocks of apartments in the Local Community of Gorica – one of the multicultural residential parts of Velenje. The public space is surrounded by 6 apartment blocks. The size of the area is 3,386 m2.

Before the pilot action implementation the public space was used as a children playground and a park. The voluntary action of renovation aimed to strengthen the community by facilitating the intergenerational and multicultural dialogue when creating and later on maintaining a multi-functional public space catering to the needs of all generations living in its vicinity (please note the children playground still encompasses an area of 2,076 m2).

The pilot action in Velenje was divided into five main phases:

1. Preparatory phase (April 2011 – December 2011)
In the preparatory phase all legal, social and technical aspects of the pilot action were implemented. The documentation and information gathered and organizational aspects covered in this phase are the basis for the next pilot project phases. The steps in this phase included:

  • Establishment of the internal working group (municipal experts).
  • Identification of the stakeholder groups and key stakeholders.
  • Analysis of the documentation needed for pilot implementation.
  • Analysis of the target area, spatial aspects, utility installations, legal aspects
  • Information dissemination targeted at stakeholder groups about the pilot action plan and the importance of their cooperation.
  • Implementation of the pilot area residents survey.
  • Analysis of the legal and organizational aspects of the pilot action implementation.

2. Planning phase (January 2012 – June 2012)
In the planning phase the relevant project documentation was produced, architectural design selected, public procurements prepared, logistic plan plan made, materials and devices purchased. The steps in this phase included:

  • Preparation of the project work documentation.
  • Implementation of the architectural contest and public procedures for architectural design.
  • Selection of the final architectural design with representatives of all the stakeholder groups. Preparation of the relevant project documentation: Conceptual Design document and Project Implementation document.
  • Preparation of the logistic plan for implementation of the voluntary action.
  • Information dissemination targeted at stakeholders and volunteers.
  • Implementation of the public procurement procedures for purchase of construction materials, utility equipment, devices and playground equipment.
  • Active search for sponsors and donors.

3. Implementation phase (July 2012 – November 2012)
The majority of voluntary work was implemented in the period July 9-20, 2012 (a week before that heavy machinery was used for grounds preparation).

On July 9th, 2012, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Türk symbolically started with the voluntary activities . Following the voluntary actions was tree planting, and, in September 2012, installation of fitness devices, playground equipment and utility equipment. On September 22nd, 2012, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Türk, officially opened the renovated public space to the public.

The steps in this phase included:

  • Preparation of a camp for volunteers.
  • Implementation of educational seminars for volunteers on safety at work.
  • Ground preparation and construction work using heavy machinery.
  • Implementation of the manual work by volunteers.
  • Tree planting.
  • Installation of fitness devices and playground equipment.
  • Installation of the utility equipment.
  • Continuous communication to the public and stakeholders about the meaning and the foals of the pilot action.

4. Evaluation phase (October 2012 – February 2013)
In the evaluation phase a thorough pilot action evaluation is being carried out in two modes:

  • with all involved stakeholder groups and
  • following the template developed for the Handbook of Models preparation (a WP4 activity).

5. Knowledge dissemination phase (March 2013 – March 2014)
In the knowledge dissemination phase the results of the pilot action evaluation will be shared in the so-called Exchange of Expecience seminars. They will also be used as inputs into the Handbook of Models as well as Transnational Strategy for city development.

This model is transferable to any local community which does not lack initiative and support of local decision-makers as it is clear that the Local Community of Gorica would not have implemented a project without an outside initiative and leadership.


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