Just a decade after its very existence found itself under threat, Warsaw’s iconic Osiedle Jazdów neighbourhood is celebrating - approved last month in a City Hall vote, the area is set to benefit from a much needed injection of PLN 10 million (EUR 2.2 million).
Tomasz Bratek, deputy mayor of Warsaw, said: “Jazdów is one of the most unique places on the map of Warsaw. We want to raise its unique character to an international level and we have a lot of ideas on how to enrich this place and make it work for the people of Warsaw.”
Among other things, the investment – set to be carried out over the course of the next 3 years – will include major renovations on six houses, the reconfiguration of electricity, water and sewage networks, as well as a full modernization of energy solutions.
There is even a bigger chance for the neighbourhood. Again collaborating with city officials, those involved with Otwarty Jazdów foundation will submit an entry at the end of January for the New European Bauhaus prize with the aim of winning the competition’s EUR 5 million jackpot.
Should they do so, it has already been revealed that the prize money would be spent on the creation of a city laboratory that would seek to test and implement pilot projects relating to renewable energy, urban greenery and intercultural activities.
In the process, Osiedle Jazdów would become a hub for urban innovation unprecedented on a European scale.