On 21 September 2019 a training session on spatial planning was organized for the Poltava and Sumy oblasts (provinces) in Ukraine. It was titled “Research into public space. Incorporating local residents into the process of spatial planning”. Held in Poltava, the session was attended by representatives of four raions of both Poltava and Sumy oblasts, as well as community organisations and staff members of the Institute of City Development.
The training session focused on mapping tools and social studies in the context of participatory planning of public space, as well as methods of promoting and facilitating the participation of various social groups in these processes. The participants put their newly acquired knowledge to a practical test and drew up a spatial development plan for one of the city squares. The results were analysed and the participants received detailed recommendations.
The research that the participants will carry out in their own communities will enable managers and planners to better understand the needs of local residents. It will also be the basis for suggested architectural ideas to develop specific areas in selected raions.
The training session was organised by Inna Przestrzeń (The Other Space) Foundation and the Institute of City Development of Poltava City Council. It was part of the project titled “Development of modern self-government. Space / planning / participation” which was funded under the Polish Aid programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.