In 2016 Heinrich Boell Foundation in Prague in cooperation with WPS Prague published a comic book “How to Design a Fair Shared City?” by Milota Sidorova et al. In 2018 Heinrich Boell Foundation in Moscow translated the book and republished it for the Russian audience.
What is a Fair Shared City?
In Central Europe, architectural and urban planning practice usually serves well those who are healthy and economically active. But when we consider demographics, working and economically active people only make up just over half the urban population. Senior citizens and young people under 18 years of age constitute the rest. Trends also show that our population is ageing, and when we overlay gender, profession and cultural background the user groups significantly diverge. Each has different needs, but all of them should have the opportunity to be present and to enjoy the public space. How do we ensure that a city offers a fair share to everyone? Social sensitivity is essential in ensuring the quality of urban living for the future. We have to create resilient urban structures that provide open-ended possibilities and scope for action in inner cities and new urban development zones.
The book offers 8 simple and captivating stories of different heroes representing the wider user groups of our population. Two fictional architects, Sophia and Eric, will guide us through stories of a girl, a parent an elderly woman, a couple, kids and common visitors using different urban areas to remind us of daily situations in which design by default can be a significant obstacle. On the other hand, it offers solutions for how thoughtful design can significantly improve the quality of urban life - at no extra cost.
This publication is intended for architects, urban planners, politicians, anthropologists and the wider public with an interest in urban design.