On April 26 2019 in Almaty, Urban Forum Kazakhstan introduced the translation of the Kazakh language into the book "How to Design a Fair Shared City?" and met with the editor of the book. The work of the Czechoslovakia based urbanist Milota Sidorova is based on comic-book stories following needs of diverse city's inhabitants that are not always taken into account when designing streets and sites in the city. Urban Forum Kazakhstan has invited Milota to launch the book that was translated into Kazakh (by Erter Orazay) to Kazakhstan to introduce also her works and perspectives on public space to local readers. Presentation of this book was organized by WPS Prague and Almaty's Landstudio Architecture Bureau.
Restless Cities: Lessons from Central Europe is a publication edited by Milota Sidorová and Zdeňka Lammelová that reflects a year-long training programme of the Prague office of the Heinrich-Böll Foundation focusing on understanding the political aspects of urban planning in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. It consists of four thematic chapters that offer introductions into social housing in Brno, participatory processes in Prague, urban development of Bratislava and influencing strategies in Budapest.
The book consists of short texts by selected invited experts, participants' views, and key learnings about sustainability and politics. The authors of the texts are not only experts who contributed to the training programme, but also the participants themselves share their findings and views herein. We hope this book will help readers to understand the often-invisible areas where urban planning moves from the realm of expertise-only into the realm of political action and that it will inspire readers to further political learning and engagement.