Through neighbourhood oases public space is returned to the inhabitants of the city in the form of parklets, neighborhood festivals, dinner boards in the street or the like. The association “Local Agenda 21 Vienna” advises interested parties and supports projects in the implementation.
The program “Neighbourhood Oasis” supports Viennese citizens to create vibrant and multifaceted public places based on their ideas: Parklets with living room atmosphere in parking lanes, a white-clothed dinner table in the street, a public staircase used for a cheerful neighbourhood party or baking bread jointly on a small green road island. There are many ideas to promote neighbourhoods and to create new opportunities for common action in the public. The engaged citizens get a financial support up to 4.000 € per action.
It’s easy to take part
Citizens can submit their ideas on the website grätzloase.at using the registration form or download more information here. Three to four times per year a jury chooses those ideas, which shall be realised. The criteria to be met are:
- Offering new ways to use the public space together with others
- Motivating others to participate
- Supporting neighbourly living
- Creative and imaginative actions
- Can realistically implemented in the allocated time frame
- No commercial goals
- Temporary character
The staff of the association Local Agenda 21 in Vienna counsels interested persons before they submit their ideas and supports the actions to be realised after the selection. They help with detailed planning of actions and to obtain the necessary permits.
Tailwind for the STEP 2025
The program Neighbourhood Oasis fosters different goals from the thematic concepts Public Space, Green and Free Space and Mobility. These concepts concretise the Viennese Urban Development Plan 2025 and address various opportunities to use the public space in new ways. In addition the Neighbourhood Oasis supports general goals of the Viennese Urban Development Plan like that Vienna is a learning and participative city and that public space should be shared fairly between the different user groups. Furthermore all the small greening measures which are part of many neighbourhood oasis help to improve the city climate. By supporting the STEP 2025, the program also contributes to the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy, which is closely linked to the urban development plan.
Local Agenda 21 Vienna
Website: www.grätzloase.at (in German)
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