Future metropolitan plan to try and counter urban sprawl
Prague Mayor Tomáš Hudeček and architect Roman Koucký of the Prague Institute of Planning and Development outlined on Thursday principles for a new metropolitan or zoning plan for Prague to be passed in 2017. Central to the proposal, is the understanding that additional sprawl at the edge of the city needs to be curbed, while undeveloped areas within the capital need to be built up, to create a living city that is functional and robust.
“In the 1970s we saw the opposite, we saw people leaving metropolitan areas, but if we want to have so-called ‘smart cities’ we need to increase density, to increase transport and services, and keep cities running. If you have a city which has less than 100 people per hectare it can’t function fully.”
Smart ecological planning according to officials, involves bringing people back, and preventing the further dilution of population into ever more sprawling and disconnected suburbs. Architect Roman Koucký again:
“Cities that Prague should be comparing itself to such as Munich, Milan, Berlin, and Hamburg, all have higher densities: Vienna has a much higher density than Prague but the quality of life is ranked first. Density is one of the reasons: people there are able to meet and interact. With a thinner density, their paths never cross.”