Bi-communal info gathering group visits Famagusta

A bi-communal information gathering group of architects, planners and urban designers calling themselves ‘Imaginary Famagusta’ accompanied by volunteers from both communities walked around Famagusta last week to assess the areas buildings and structures, ‘Famagusta Gazette’ reports.

`Hands-On-Famagusta` wants to develop the design tools needed to support an informed planning process with bi-communal involvement for the future of the region.

Project Leader Socrates Stratis noted that the goal of the `Hands-On-Famagusta` project is not to encourage any particular vision, but rather “to support all of those working to build Famagusta’s future with practical models and tools including an interactive website; a physical, transportable model; and an online game that will capture the imagination”.

`Hands-On-Famagusta` is organising a series of workshops to include a variety of stakeholders, international experts and the general public in reconciling conflicting planning priorities and building common ground.

The project which will last 15 months, has been made possible with support from the United States Agency for International Development, the Mahallae Platform, UNDP-ACT and the University of Cyprus.

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