DRAW THE COAST – Participatory planning of the future of the Coastal Roads
On 21st September 2018 PiNA organized the first action of mass participatory planning in the area in the Coastal - Carst region and one of the largest in Slovenia – DRAW THE COAST.
"In Slovenia, we often face negative public reactions when introducing innovative approaches for planning the public space and traffic arrangements. Negative responses are most often the result of insufficient public involvement in decision-making processes. Most local communities do not yet recognize the opportunities of the usage of modern public participatory tools. Often, we are also concerned that the involvement of the public will delay or even prevent the implementation of measures, and therefore avoid processes that go beyond statutory requirements. In addition, solutions that are not developed through public involvement can be defective, as planners of public space regulation understand and experience space differently than residents who use it on a daily basis," explains organizer of the event.
On the area of the former coastal road, PiNA spread a 2 km long roll of paper and gather various non-governmental organizations, institutions and other stakeholders. More than 600 people responded to the call and draw, write or otherwise enforce their vision of the future of this area.
In the end, PINA recorded all the ideas. By the end of the year the ideas will be carefully studied and synthesized in a written analysis with the professional support of the Geographical Institute of the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art, IPoP and Prostorož. At the beginning of next year, the analysis will be presented to the public and forwarded to the local municipalities, the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, all competent state institutions and the European Commission. At the same time, all the drawings will be digitized and published online.
But a picture is worth a thousand words. The DRAW THE COAST in numbers video even more.