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Pięciu Rogów Square – an architectural competition is launched

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Pięciu Rogów Square – an architectural competition is launched
Pięciu Rogów Square – an architectural competition is launched

The area at the confluence of Chmielna, Zgody, Szpitalna and Bracka Streets, commonly referred to as Pięciu Rogów Square, will be returned to pedestrians and will no longer be dominated by cars. On Tuesday, 21 June, following consultations, the city announced an architectural and urban-planning competition to devise a concept for the development of Pięciu Rogów Square.

We would like to improve the quality of residents’ lives and restore to city squares their proper resident-bonding functions. We are no longer prioritising road traffic. Now pedestrians will take precedence. Our actions, feeding into the presently consulted Warsaw Mobility Strategy, will start in Śródmieście, on Pięciu Rogów Square,” said Jacek Wojciechowicz, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.

Earlier, the functioning of the square had been evaluated using environmental psychology methods as part of the consultative measures. The observations made last year clearly demonstrated that this area is dominated by cars and the space is not pedestrian-friendly. It is especially difficult to access for the elderly and people with disabilities. Furthermore, the location of pedestrian crossings leaves much to be desired, and there are no leisure spaces.

Another stage of public consultations was held this year on 7-30 May.

On Tuesday, 21 June, the city announced an architectural and urban-planning competition to devise a concept for the development of Pięciu Rogów Square.
The task of the designers is to design this square as an accessible, safe and pedestrian-friendly space. Architects will propose the way of arranging the square, indicate areas for restaurant gardens, suggest solutions in terms of street furniture and green spaces, and design solutions involving reducing the intensity of road traffic and transport services for neighbouring properties.

Applications to join the competition should be filed by 8 July 2016, 16.00, and competition works should be submitted by 26 October 2016, 16.00.