Sedam bisera - Kaštela
The town of Kaštela is located on the coast of the Bay of Kaštela. It has over 40 000 inhabitants, and is the second largest town in the County of Dalmatia only second to Split. It stretches over the length of 17 kilometers. Kaštela has an excelent traffic infrastructure including an international airport, railway station and access to Split to Zagreb highway at Prgomet and Vučevica. There is good bus connections and access to the sea along most of the coast.

An Urban and Architectural study for the enhancement of Kaštela 

The future re-development of the bay of Kaštela needs a totally fresh approach. Gone are the days of just continued existence without real plans and visions and if we turn our eyes to many of the neighboring countries in Europe who are energetically developing shabby areas including the revival of inhibiting and environmental dangers into attractive tourist magnets in combination with enhancing their long lost historic beauty, whilst Kaštela bay and the surrounding area falls deeper into ruin.

Our mission

It is necessary to seriously review the possibilities of bringing sustainable safe tourism to the length of the bay of Kaštela and investigate the possibilities for developing the coastal area to enhance the possibilities which the area provides and review the possibilities for connecting Trogir to Split and redefining the image of the first line along this area through an urban and architectural study. The project will benefit Croatia nationally to well defined enhancement and awareness of the local tourist areas of Kaštela and will bring focus to the efforts and possibilities provided by the study.

The situation today

Trogir is sinking 1mm per year and in 40 years will be under the water. The bridge over to Čiovo is today synonymous with long queues in the summer months and the closure to all boat traffic to Kaštela as the bridge just not has worked for many years. The road between Trogir and Split, which after many years of construction, is still today one of the most dangerous roads with numerous death defying crossroads and the non existence of pedestrian or cycle paths which, if you price your life and your children, should be avoided. If you have recently taken a boat along the coast, in the bay from Trogir to Kaštel Sućurac with your eyes towards the Kozak, taking in the view of the first line of the existing development and abandoned land it can honestly said that it is a complete mess and reminds of a place totally without any plan, structure or vision.

Project aim

The aim of this project is to invite architectural and urban architects who have achieved either Bachelor or Master degree from leading universities in Europe to participate in a workshop here in Kaštela under the leadership of a leading professor in the field of Urban and architectural development. The purpose is to create an unbiased plan/vision as to the possibles of enhancing the first line and adjacent areas including potential sea and marine development for the area along the coast and to present a working master plan proposal for possible integration in future development plans. The creation of a continual Broadway/promenade will provide the possibility to introduce ecological friendly cycles, electric vehicles and scooters to the length of the bay providing increased income in Kaštela from the tourists today that are marooned in Trogir and Split and providing them with an exciting new possibilities to increase the value of their holiday experience.

Internal and external constraints of the project

14 Young architects will be required to complete the initial study here in Kaštela in a period of one month with local supervision and under the leadership of a professor in urban development. On completion they will return to their respected universities and continue to work in a period of approximate one month to combine all their studies into one joint project proposal. The completed project will be presented to the public and form the basis of discussion towards the implementation and creation of such a vision. There will be a need to house these students and professors here in Kaštela through the duration of their stay for one month and to provide them with food and a small amount of pocket money.

Identification and assessment of risk

  • Coordination of the project will be ensured through the project supervisor locally and the responsible professor for both the both technical and management issues through of regular status reporting.

  • Eliminating time wasted waiting for response to queries regarding documents by providing the necessary prior to the start of the project. This includes existing maps and relevant regulations which are relevant to the project. 

  • Lack of understanding of requirements including lack of involvement or commitment to the project will be avoided by assessment of the candidates during the strict enrollment process conducted by the responsible professor in coordination with the local supervisor. 

  • Users inadequately prepared for a successful implementation and handover will be avoided by providing the successful students before hand, with the extent, specification and necessary documents needed for the project. 

  • The need for increased funding after the project is commenced will be avoided by providing an approved budget beforehand stipulating the extent of the finances available for the project and the approval of the supervisor / professor over what the assignment includes. 

  • Reduced quality and/or functionality due to unforeseen circumstances should be avoided by creation of working document provided beforehand for approval.

Expected Results

The result of the proposed study will provide a documented proposal and solution for the challenges for the re enhancement and development of the coast and first line of Kaštela between Trogir and Split for presentation and public use for the basis for a future coordinated development of Kaštela.
Urban design is about making connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. Urban design draws together the many strands of place-making, environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viability into the creation of places with distinct beauty and identity. Urban design is derived from but transcends planning and transportation policy, architectural design, development economics, engineering and landscape. It draws these and other strands together creating a vision for an area and then deploying the resources and skills needed to bring the vision to life.

Stages of labour

  • Creation of Implementation plan Invitation to students of architectural and urban design who have achieved either Bachelor or Master degree from leading universities in Europe to participate in a workshop here in Kaštela. 
  • Interview of prospective students under the leadership of a leading professors in the field of Urban development. 
  • Definition of study presented winning students and approval to participate. Secure available reasonably priced accommodation in Kaštela for a duration of one month. 
  • Investigate optimal travel solutions for the trip. 
  • Provide management and supervise on arrival and during the stay Procure the necessary documents and information for the project Follow up on the return of the students the completion of the project. 
  • Receive the documented proposal, present the proposal through media and public exhibitions and meetings.
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