It is impossible to create a comfortable environment without participation of residents
Participatory projects are now a central topic throughout Europe. And a resident-oriented approach is becoming a priority. This means that opinion of residents must be taken into account in urban planning and city development. The same applies to entrepreneurship. <…> Another topic that is on the table <…> is the introduction of a natural component, natural solutions into the life of individual regions. That is, people are beginning to realize the importance of taking action to combat climate change — Milena Ivkovic, Member, Board of Directors, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).
In order for young people to choose the Far East as a place where they will live and grow, it is necessary that they participate in the creation of these opportunities, that they suggest and design them. <...> Our hypothesis is that a series of events can also be used as a tool for activation of territories and manifestation of additional value for youth, and a way for city authorities to keep the best and talented people from leaving — Vadim Kokorev, Director, Centre for Youth Tourism.
When we shape the space, we already know who will use it. We are looking for a community that will use this space, we talk to them, we identify their values. So the space is created for certain people. Maybe this is not entirely correct, but in this way the spaces begin to come alive. <…> The brand will emerge a little later, when the space is alive and is working. The brand will be formed by the residents, they will come up with some kind of comparison, and it will be associated with some event or brand <…>. That is why for now the Far Eastern public spaces probably cannot stand out with branding and identity. They just need to be comfortable and fulfill the functions of the area where they are located — Anastasya Razmahina, Deputy Director for Event Content of the Municipal Autonomous Region, Directorate of Public Spaces of the City of Vladivostok.