For the First Time in Novi Sad, Citizens Decide on How to Improve Public Spaces!

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Streets and squares, two main elements of a city, tell the story about the problem of the lost function and identity of public spaces. For the first time in the history of Novi Sad, we launch a process in which citizens of Novi Sad decide on how to improve public spaces, and in this way they will directly affect transformation of public spaces and the style of life in their neighbourhoods. The ‘Novi Sad 2021’ Foundation initiated the process of improving public spaces entitled ‘Urban Pockets’ with the meeting of representatives of local communities. The conclusion is that July should mark the beginning of implementation of activities related to improvement of public surfaces. By initiating the process, the Foundation wants to create permanent model where citizens will be active participants in creating and improving public spaces, which would result in creation of the culture of living as one of the key elements of social development as a whole.

For this year, year one, in cooperation with experts, we selected seven local communities where citizens will be surveyed, while further analyses and opinion of citizens will be obtained through discussions in 4 local communities, which will get their first public spaces tailored by citizens by the end of the year. After this, we will launch a call for architectural solutions adjusted to specific needs and characteristics of the community and selected public spaces.

First surveys will be organised for citizens of Telep, Podbara, Detelinara, Satelit, Sremska Kamenica, Banatić, and Kovilj. In addition to surveys, we will organise meetings (focus groups) with active organisations and individuals who work in culture, art and creative sector, and with all who in any way contribute or can contribute to improvement of public spaces and contents in their neighbourhoods. During these meetings, citizens, together with the Association of Architects of Novi Sad, will define the desired content and characteristics of a public space, equipment and improvements, so that a public space would be given to those who will use it, and those are the citizens of Novi Sad.

The realisation of improvement of public spaces in the process of implementation of the ideas will be coordinated by the Institute for City Development, in cooperation with citizens of local communities, through so-called mobas, i.e. organised volunteer actions of citizens.

All citizens who wish to be included in this process from the above mentioned local communities will have an opportunity to talk with our interviewers. Furthermore, all who want to participate in the work process of work groups can write to nina.jankovic@ns2021.rs.

The survey will be conducted at the following locations in the period between 1 and 15 July:

Date

Part of the city

Local community

Location – street

Time

1 July

Detelinara

Detelinara

Dr Svetislava Kasapinovića Street, no. 10/14

17-21h

Veselina Masleše Street, no. 36a/38

17-21h

Janka Veselinovića Street, no. 3

8-12h

2 July

Sremska Kamenica

Sremska Kamenica

Zmaj Jova Square

8-12h

Green market (corner of Marka Oreškovića and Svetosavska Streets)

8-12h

Vojvode Putnika Street, no. 79 (in front of the IDEA supermarket)

8-12h

3 and 4 July

Detelinara

Detelinara

Dr Svetislava Kasapinovića, no. 10/14

17-21h

Veselina Masleše Street, no. 36a/38

17-21h

Janka Veselinovića Street, no. 3

8-12h

5 July

Sremska Kamenica

Sremska Kamenica

Zmaj Jova Square

8-12h

Green market (corner of Marka Oreškovića and Svetosavska Streets)

8-12h

Vojvode Putnika Street, no. 79

8-12

6 July

Telep

South Telep

Feješ Klare Street, no. 42

8-12h

Patrijarha Pavla Boulevard, no. 25a

10-12h

17-21h

8 July

Telep

South Telep

Feješ Klare Street, no. 42

9-12h

17-21h

Patrijarha Pavla Boulevard, no. 25a

9-12h

9 July

Kovilj

Kovilj

Sveti Sava Square (Green market)

8-12h

17-21h

Laze Kostića Street (near the Ascension of Our Lord church)

8-12h

17-21h

11 July

Podbara

Podbara

Šumadijska Street, no. 12

8-12h

17-21h

Corner of Gundulićeva and Temerinska Streets

8-12h

17-21h

13 July

Banatić

Omladinski Pokret

Omladinski Pokret Street, no. 11 (in front of the local community)

8-12h

17-21h

Kralj Petar I Boulevard, no. 55-59 (in front of IDEA supermarket)

8-12h

17-21h

14 July

Podbara

Podbara

Šumadijska Street, no. 12

8-12h

17-21h

Corner of Gundulićeva and Temerinska Streets

8-12h

17-21h

15 July

Satelit

Gavrilo Princip Street

Futoški Put Street, no. 93c

8-12h

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