Hlaváček: Prague has a new manual on how to work with the public space of city cemeteries
At their meeting today, Prague councilors approved a document called Prague Cemeteries, which will become a supplement to the Manual for the Creation of Public Spaces in the Capital City of Prague. of Prague.
The material, which is created on the premises of the Institute of Planning and Development of the capital. m. Prague, will help to set a unified approach to the development of cemeteries and their immediate surroundings.
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It will be governed primarily by the contributory organization Prague Cemeteries Administration in the renovation and care of entrusted cemeteries.
The purpose of the so-called plug-in of the Manual for the Creation of Public Spaces: Prague Cemeteries, which was approved by the City Council. The main goal is to unify ideas about the direction of development of this often neglected part of Prague and to make better use of the potential of the public space of Prague cemeteries in the future.
“Prague cemeteries are an important part of public space, they contain a lot of greenery and buildings. There was a need to develop a manual, which should increase the culture and administration of cemeteries. I am always happy when we approve quality but also nice documents. The manual of Prague cemeteries will become such a supplement to the Manual for the Creation of Public Spaces in the Capital City of Prague, ”says Petr Hlaváček, Deputy Mayor for Territorial Development.
The document requires a basic conceptual approach of the city to cemeteries and connections with other city documents. These principles are the basis for a set of recommended measures to increase the level of Prague cemeteries and to plan further routes leading to higher quality of these specific areas and their better connection with the surrounding city structure, including their anteroom. The role of cemeteries in the urban vegetation system and the changing needs of society in the approach to burial are also taken into account.
“Just as death belongs to life, so a cemetery belongs to a city. I would like us not to close our eyes to anyone. Therefore, I very much welcome the creation of this manual, which, in addition to unifying technical parameters and other visible things, shows the cemetery as part of the city’s public space and gives instructions on how to develop all important functions. The cemetery doesn’t have to be just a place to mourn. The cemetery in today’s world, while fully maintaining piety, can serve as a place of rest and relaxation, as an open-air gallery and as an important source for improving the local climate through water retention in the landscape and so on, “said Milena John, Councilor for Social Policy. and the area of funeral services.
The approved material also includes the Catalog of Prague Cemeteries, which summarizes basic information about cemeteries administered by the Prague Cemetery Administration. It manages almost half of each of the 84 cemeteries found in the capital. Others are administered by city districts or various churches.
The capital commissioned the Institute of Planning and Development of the Capital City to prepare the document. The City of Prague (IPR), but representatives of the Prague Cemetery Administration, the City of Prague also took part in its creation. the City of Prague, the Ministry of Regional Development and other external experts. With the current approval, the material on Prague cemeteries has become an integral part of the entire system of the Manual for the Creation of Public Spaces in the Capital City of Prague. of Prague. The obligation to follow it will lie primarily with the contributory organization of the Prague Cemetery Administration.
“Prague is finally publishing a document for an important area that has been neglected for a long time. Cemeteries in the capital, of which there are currently 84, often form a barrier, are not permeable and care for them often differs fundamentally. The manual aims to support and unify their development and point out the possibility of improving these places as part of the public space, “adds the director of IPR Ondřej Boháč.
The Manual for the Creation of Public Spaces: Prague Cemeteries and the Catalog of Prague Cemeteries are available HERE.
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