“Virtual conference” is a replacement for the initial conference of the competitive dialogue, which was planned for March 2020 in Bratislava with the personal participation of the committee, competition teams, experts, and local stakeholders. As a result of the worldwide situation regarding COVID-19, the conference has been moved to the virtual environment. The aim of the conference is to provide the participants with important information for preparing the designs of the squares, as well as to visually introduce the area under consideration in the form of a virtual visit.

The conference is organised by the Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava. In cooperation with experts, they prepared video contributions dealing with various topics regarding the squares. Local stakeholders were also approached, and they provided their statements to the present state of the squares. The announced international competition attracted both Slovak and international teams. Four international teams managed to catch the committee’s attention the most and proceeded to the second stage of the competitive dialogue in spring 2020. They will introduce themselves during the virtual conference, and they will start intensive work on the designs for the new solution of the squares. These teams include:

  • Atelier Loidl Landscape Architects Berlin; BPR Dr. Schäpertons Consult (Germany)
  • Sadar + Vuga d.o.o. (Slovenia)
  • Rusina Frei, s.r.o. OMGEVING cvba MINT (Czech Republic)

Introduction of competition teams

In the first stage, 23 competition teams applied for the open invitation to participate in the competition. Out of them, 17 teams fulfilled competition conditions and 16 submitted their portfolio of references that was assessed in the second stage.

In the second stage, the committee selected four teams, which will work on competition designs.

Loidl BPR (DE)

Atelier Loidl Landschaftsarchitekten Berlin GmbH, BPR Dr. Schäpertöns Consult GmbH & Co. KG


SADAR+VUGA (Boštjan Vuga, Jurij Sadar, Matjaž Bahor, Monika Rus), Bruto (Matej Kučina), Elea iC (Andrej Pogačnik)


Dipl.-Ing. Till Rehwaldt, Ing. Zdeněk Tesař

Rusina Frei (CZ)

Rusina Frei, s.r.o. OMGEVING cvba MINT

Competition contributions

Have a look at how the Vivid Square project developed and also at other contributions of experts regarding topics that are crucial when creating the design of the squares.

Welcome architects

Matúš Vallo
City Mayor of Bratislava

The Story of Živé námestie (The Vivid Square)

Ján Mazúr / MIB
2016–2018 one of the initiators of the Vivid Square project
Since 2019 director of the Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava

Competitive dialogue process

Peter Lényi / MIB
Director of the Competition Department

Archaeological artifacts and monuments

Ivan Štassel
Director of the Municipal Monument Preservation Institute in Bratislava

Evolution of politics and markets

István Veres
NGO Bratislava Rolls

Evolution of architecture and urbanism

Henrieta Moravčíková
Architectural theoretician, Slovak Academy of Sciences
(UN)Planned Bratislava (63 MB)

Urban planning

Katarína Štefancová
Deputy director Department of Urban Planning - City of Bratislava
Master Plan (107MB)


Ivan Bútora
Urban Mobility Department - City of Bratislava
Mobility (228 MB)

Administration of the SNP Monument

Boris Šramko
Marianum - Administration of the SNP Monument


Roman Žitňanský / MIB
Director of the Public Space Department


Michal Marcinov / MIB
Public Space Department


Juraj Hurný / MIB
Participatory Planning Office
Participation project (0.5MB)


Milota Sidorová / MIB
Director of the Participatory Planning Office

Quick wins

Monika Kuhn / MIB
Urban Space Design Department

We also approached experts from various fields as well as local stakeholders in the area. Local stakeholders represent institutions or operators of businesses in the squares. Some of the approached experts and stakeholders provided us with contributions that you can read or watch in a video.


Karol Machánek
General Investor of Bratislava - director

Dan Kollár
OZ Cyklokoalícia

Sergej Kára
City Mayor’s Plenipotentiary for the Homeless

Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic (text contribution)


Akad. arch. Pavol Kuzma
Heir of the SNP Memorial architecture copyright

Darina Ondrušová
Program manager of Kunsthalle Bratislava

Denisa Chylová
Alliance Old Market Hall

Martin Králik
Owner of Mobile cafés

Martina Hlinová
Owner of a restaurant a café

Juraj Štepka, Peter Roth
Old Town Residents association

Heirs of authors' rights to the sculptures (text contribution)

Territorial Development Office for the Old Town (text contribution)

Resident of the Manderla House (text contribution)

Owner of the hotel Kyjev (text contribution)

Café and bar (text contribution)

Chairperson of the Board, Hotel Tulip (text contribution)

Virtual visit

The aim of the virtual visit is to visually introduce the area under consideration to the competition teams.

Walk the squares

Fly above squares

3D tour