In 2020, Bedřiška is no longer the site of arson attacks and garbage piles, as it was 10 years ago. Today, Bedřiška has the problem of population decline, poor technical condition of houses, their complex administration and maintenance, and increasingly uncertainty about future development. The key questions are: Whether or how to renew the housing stock at all? Is it possible to repair existing houses, or is it necessary to demolish them and build new ones? Is the existing spatial arrangement of Bedřiška suitable? Should Bedřiška grow in size? How much? Where? And what about the people, the neighbors who live here? How to keep them here?
The city of Ostrava perceives the potential of the locality and the community, but it is aware of the problems associated with them at the same time. Therefore, it commissioned the elaboration of this study, which deals with the issue of revitalization of Bedřiška in a broad context and comprehensively from the design of buildings and public spaces to the description of the possibilities of involving the local community in its restoration.
This study, which was discussed with local government representatives, city unions, but also representatives of the citizens, is the first step, which must be followed by further steps for successful implementation.
The present design is not one of the “simple” solutions. This is not a solution that could be implemented next year. This is a concept that will be implemented gradually, it will require the will to finish it and the will to agree. It will place great demands on coordination.
In essence, however, the design is concise. Stability and development of the Bedřiška locality can be achieved by opening it and connecting it with its surroundings, involving more entities in its restoration, increasing the number of inhabitants and providing the local community with the opportunity to gain responsibility for the future development of Bedřiška. The proposed strengthens the self-governing role of the population and reduced the demands on the city administration. A model that can approach each house and its occupants individually and in a longer term.