Since November 2019 questionnaires and digital surveys related to health and environmental issues have been carried out. Data collection revealed the environment to be of significant concern for the population. A willingness to adopt nature-based solutions and enact behavioural change geared towards improving the local environmental situation was indicated. Despite some initial skepticism towards co-creation and participatory activities, a window of opportunity for a transition towards a new green deal has been identified in Baia Mare.
From October 2020, consultation and collaborative workshops have been undertaken through 3 different Co-creation Stages:
Co-creation Stage 1: Assessment of the transformation potential including three general objectives:
-To raise awareness of the ecological and environmental challenges that Baia Mare is facing.
-To determine community needs and necessities concerning green infrastructure, public space, and facilities/opportunities for locals to spend time in nature.
-Brainstorm on initial transformation ideas and potential facilities and functions for the pilot sites.
Co-creation Stage 2: Co-designing the zoning and planting plans for SPIRE pilot sites, including three general objectives:
-To involve communities in the decision-making process for the pilot site ecological transformation.
-To gather input for site planting requirements: access, zones, ambiance, character (through a second questionnaire)
-To co-elaborate a preliminary design sketch for the pilot sites.
Co-creation Stage 3: Co-designing micro-interventions to be co-implemented, including two general objectives:
-To assess each pilot site's sensorial and spatial perspectives.
-To co-produce micro-interventions solutions.
Fig 3. Furniture / sculpture proposed as a milestone in the future public reclaimed space. Source: Baia Mare municipality.