September 20, 2016 - September 22, 2016

2nd Workshop Gdansk: Public Spaces in Gdansk - Young City Gdańsk

The CapaCity – Urban Competences Implementation Lab from September 20th until September 22nd 2016 has worked on “How can we build on the current urban development trajectories and create an ensemble of public spaces and connections that contribute to the identity of the place, linked as it is to the birth of peace and democracy in Poland.” The workshop elaborates recommendations for public space connections within the Young City Gdansk (YCG), between the YCG and the Old Town of Gdansk and between the European Solidarity Centre (ESC) and the World War 2 Museum. Secondly the workshop identifies and assignes activities in the YCG-area which trigger stronger involvement of the local population in order to generate critical mass and put the area on the mental map of TriCity population.

Experts from Austria, Estonia and the Netherlands have worked together with local experts from the Polish Society of town planners and the Gdansk development office and continued successful cooperation already established in 2015.

The programm CapaCity, initiated and funded by the City of Vienna pursues a depended connection in order to work together with other cities on persistent urban problems as they relate to sustaiunalke city development. The aim is to develop measures and potential future activities in order to work together.

The workshop recommends strong connections between the ESC and the WWII-Museum with the old town of Gdansk. Social infrastructure at the edge of the Young City Gdansk offers chances for impulses to the YCG in terms of temporary interventions in the public space. The main focal points in the area are represented by the Solidarnosc-monument, the intersection Wałowa and Rybaki street, the u-boat building and the World War II-Museum.

Several small investment projects in the area aim to generate critical mass for future functions in the YCG which attract the local population. Such activities could be
 the establishment of a swimming and city beach facility at the imperial shipyard basin in the north of the area.
 The implementation of a strong cultural function in the u-boat building (e.g. the headquarter of the ECC of another application to be the European Culture Capital)
 The upgrade of the intersection Wałowa and Rybaki street by low investment interventions in the public space f.i. light installations and canal-site revitalizations
These recommendations are embedded in a process design which is elaborated on in detail in the report. Finally a baseline narrative is described for creating a more positive image of this historic place of national and European scope.