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Promenade along river Danube
A short description of the NBS project
The main purpose of the project is to design a promande among the Danube quays in Budapest, planting plants, building installations, and awareness rising. The goal is the sharing of the sensation of the Danube in the city, recommending the daily utilization of the river side to citizens.
The project is a good example for the implementation of strategic NBSs, with putting great emphasis on the corporate development and implementation, by creating networks. The objective is to develop a concept and implement numerous pilot projects on the riberbank of the city.
NBS Implementation context
Description of the NBS
NBS Impacts scale
object (building, etc.)
Urban density/ Soil consumption
high (dense city center, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Leader: Miklós Tömör, VALYO
Main partners: Technical University of Budapest (BME), University of Arts (MOME) & other civil associations
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
local citizens, Technical University of Budapest (BME), University of Arts (MOME), MUTK
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
University students are continously involved in the planning process and the creation of experimental and progressive street objects. They are involved into the performances which are promoting the project towards the citizens. (for example Occupy the "Szabi híd" - occupy the bridge!)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project.
Citizens, Families, bikers
This is an absolutely fundamental initiative, to which anybody can connect. The members of associations meet in the evening in the public area, such as taverns, riverbanks, parks. They haven't got an office, they have only a big workplace (first of all for woodworkers) where they can make some objects for the riverbank (street furniture, periscope, memory box, etc.). They are working together in co-creation, on a voluntary basis.
Global Estimated cost of the project
> 20 000€
Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
Description of the financing mechanism
The planning and the implemenatation was supported by the Visegrad Fund and the Viability Ltd, and through CSR activities of different companies.
Substitute with renewables and natural processes
They are working there together co-creation, on a voluntary basis.
Deliver functionality, rather than ownership
Develop scale-up solutions
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
medium (between 2 to 5 years)
Expected life time of the intervention
around 10 years
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought
This is an innovative project, so it has brought a lot of modifications . The target is fixed, bringing the city life closer the Danube.
Success and limiting factors
An association was founded to create a more vital connection between the city and the Danube, specifically the riverside. Volunteers, artist, uni clubs and other organizations can join to this association during a project. The main driving forces are the well outlined goal, remarkable media support, impressive thoughts for youngs and the potential force of voluntary work.
The stakeholders were concerned about the unknown consequences of the pioneer interventions. The other inhibitor is the complex decision-making structure of the local authorities. The social benefits were not really appriciated by the authorities, and non-economic benefits were underestimated. The budget was very limited.
What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
Participants have had the chance of getting to know the use of NBSs in real life. In addition, the aim was to understand the challenge of the multifunctionality of the Danube bank, and at the same time, participants were invited to take part in solving the problem. It had to take some performance and other events for people understanding the new concepts of life near the Danube.
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
There is a strong media coverage ( national, and city media, and on social media (FB, Snapchat, instagram…) on the events and the pilot projects.
quality of life
Interview with the Miklós Tömör (he is one of the boss of the project) and www. valyo.hu