Urban Landscape Cultivation in Contact With Protected Nature; How to Solve Fuzzy Relations by Design?

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This paper explores the process of cultivation of specific areas within Bratislava urban landscape located in close proximity to protected areas of Little Carpathians included in the Natura 2000 BA project towards Restoration of NATURA 2000 sites in cross-border Bratislava capital region. However, the concept of landscape management of contact zones of urban and natural structures is not reflected in the project and existing policies. Therefore, responsibility for decision making and sustainability of these areas are fuzzy and divided between many actors with conflicting interests, such as residents and vacationers, environmentalists, municipalities, developers and activists. Hence, the emergent need is to cultivate these spaces - to develop their relations into deeper levels of understanding, participation and sharing by visionary planning, innovative design and sensitive management in the complexity. The output of the research is the framework of development measures for sustainable development and cultivation of the urban fringe natural areas developed by author in cooperation with NGOs Daphne and BROZ - the Natura 2000 BA partners. Using field research, analyzing historical and existing characteristics of the sites, by the participation of residents and visitors, and consulting with experts, the concept of landscape plan was developed. Segments of the plan designed in detail respect both the interests of nature and also human requirements - democratic, accessible places with more opportunities for sociability. This paper contributes to the debates on practical examples of managing various interests in specific locations, characterized by fuzzy relations between natural and urban aspects.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility, Prague, 13-16th July, 2015
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