2nd Chance - Waking up the 'sleeping giants' is a project network of the URBACT III programme in which the emphasis is devoted to upgrading the existing urban strategies in Maribor, including culture, the economy and spatial planning, especially in the context of the revival of degraded areas and buildings with creative and cultural content.
In addition to Maribor, the other European cities included in the project are: the lead partner Naples (Italy) and partner cities: Lublin (Poland), Gion (Spain), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Genoa (Italy), Chemnitz (Germany), Brussels (Belgium), Cean (France), Porto (Portugal) and Liverpool (UK).
The '2nd Chance' project in Maribor was focused on 'Waking up the sleeping giant - KPD' and started with the first, preparatory, phase in the second half of 2015, and continued with the second, performance, phase in the middle of 2016, and finished in 2018.
The abandoned KPD building of the former men's penitentiary has an excellent strategic location within the city, close to the old city centre. For this reason, it was deliberately selected within the scope of the URBACT III - 2nd Chance project as an example of a degraded, unused building with large spaces and in fragmented ownership, located in a degraded area with great potential for substantial development of the city.
The results of the students' project under supervision are presented within the description of three design concepts from the brochure: "Awakening the sleeping giant, sustainable regeneration of the KPD building." The project team worked out different variants of the building's renovation, taking into account the basic content requirements. Namely, during the public consultation process it was shown that people need more public spaces for the implementation of activities, such as exhibitions, workshops, artistic production, library activities, places for graphic and performing arts, etc.
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During the process of the preparation of the renovation of the KPD building the main partner was the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Traffic Engineering and Architecture (University of Maribor), etc.