Czech Experience of Turning Derelict Industrial Areas into Cultural Centers

Czech Experience of Turning Derelict Industrial Areas into Cultural Centers

The problem of areas polluted by mining companies can be solved by turning them into cultural centers, says a Czech alternative use expert Mikhail Skulina. On December 15, at conference "For Clean Development of Tumanyan Area", he presented the experience of Ostrava, areas polluted with coal industry waste. Mikhail Skulina said that in the early 2000s, about 10% of the area of ​​the city of Ostrava, 20 to 214 hectares, was occupied by the former production areas.

According to Skulina, within the framework of "Glubina" project, the transformation of the abandoned areas of Ostrava has been launched. An inventory of these areas was carried out: establishment of administrative buildings, repurchase, transfer to residents, change of the city zoning program, etc. At the same time, cultural events were held: exhibitions, performances, concerts, theatrical performances in various production facilities.

According to Oleg Dulgaryan, President of “Community Mobilization and Support Center” NGO, it is necessary to create alternative development opportunities for local communities, taking into account the local peculiarities and the available natural resources. "Ostrava's experience is useful in that alternative programs began to be implemented against the background of an exhausted industry in parallel with the community's struggle for a clean environment and health," Oleg Dulgaryan said.

According to him, it is urgent to create alternative development opportunities for local communities,
taking into account local specifics and available natural resources.

December 28, 2020 at 18:02