In pursuit of “design thinking” and “participatory urbanism” in Serbia, BDW made the deliberate decision that the weakest and most vulnerable citizens of Serbia, our children, should be the first to be able to experience the rise in the quality of life through design. In 2013 BDW started a strictly non-profit, nation-wide campaign aiming to involve citizens, responsible and pro-active municipalities, as well as leading foreign and domestic companies, institutions and embassies, which would, in the capacity of initiators, sponsors and partners, join their goodwill, energy and donations for the implementation of the "100 Creative Playgrounds for Children in Serbia” programme.
With BDW's proposed new concept, the Grand park will be returned to the people of Kragujevac in an appropriate grand manner - so that they will be able to enjoy this beautiful urban oasis, enriched with innovative content, connected with new networks and adapted to its various target groups. The aim of the project is to further develop the citizen’s beloved park by means of participatory urbanism and cooperation with some of Serbian and world’s best practices in the field of innovation and design. They will start with designing playgrounds that provide children, youngsters and seniors with an inspiring and safe environment through a modern, active and versatile space for play, education, culture and recreation.
The first design and building phase of the project is now being completed thanks to the donation of the Foundation "Dragica Nikolić" to the City of Kragujevac, based on research and development work co-financed by the Human Cities/ Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018 project and Belgrade Design Week.
The City of Kragujevac, the “Dragica Nikolic” Foundation and Belgrade Design Week are inviting all interested citizens, companies, institutions and professionals of good will, from Serbia and abroad, to join this non-profit initiative and help the development of a new, green, creative and cultural city of Kragujevac.
More information visit: www.playgrounds.belgradedesignweek.com