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(datum novice: 12/05/2017)

Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS) and partners host a 5-day international event addressing participatory planning of local urban public space in socially, economically and ethnically increasingly diverse communities. Special emphasis will be given to the means of revealing shared values that local inhabitants and other users of local environments have in common, and are an important base for collaborative improvements of local environments.

Participation is free of charge. More information and registration at


City between East and West: Sarajevo – Urban development challenges of European multicultural city
(datum novice: 10/04/2017)

 Sabina Mujkić, Urban planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana



City between East and West


Sarajevo – Urban development challenges of European multicultural city


Faculty of architecture, Plečnik Lecture Room, Zois Street 12, Ljubljana, Tuesday, April 11th 2017, 5 PM, lecture in Slovene language and free of charge


Multicultural image of Sarajevo is a result of city development following the planning principles of oriental East for 400 years and contemporary western-european principles for 40 years. Its development and shaping of urban form and image have been directly and indirectly influenced by two major centres of Istanbul and Vienna. This is clearly reflected in an interweaving of oriental and wester-european image of the ciy and architecture. The development of the oriental city was based on spiritual principles of East, where an institution of »Waqf« had a typical role and has left a strong mark in city structure and image. Upgrading and transformation of oriental city has been decisively influenced by building legislation which was in power accross the whole territory of Austro-Hungarian monarchy, as well as enforcement of sistematic urban planning. The lecture presents the way of co-creation of multilayered, multicultural image of a city and puts light on fundamental influental factors; political, economic and cultural circumstances, frequent migrations of population, constructors and architects. It stresses basic differences in shaping the city which have been preserved until nowadays and contribute to city's rich multicultural image and disctinctiveness in spite of stronger globalisation pressures.  The contents of the lecture relates to doctoral disertation titled Effects of the East and the West in the urban structure and the image of the city - in the case of Sarajevo.


Dr. Sabina Mujkić is urban and spatial planner. She defended her PhD thesis at the Faculty of architecture of the University of Ljubljana, and master thesis at an Interdisciplinary masters study of spatial and urban planning. She works on various interdisciplinary projects at the Urban planning institute of the Republic of Slovenia.


You are kindly invited to the lecture and the discussion that will follow. More info at

Sarajevska Vijećnica, mestna hiša / Vijećnica in Sarajevo, City Hall. Foto/ Photo: S. M.

Public spaces for local life
(datum novice: 13/02/2017)

Call for abstracts - Deadline extended to 13th March 2017!


Shared values in diversified urban communities as a foundation for participatory provision of local public spaces

A joint event of EU Human Cities partnership and AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures

Ljubljana, May 24th – 26th 2017

Hosted by Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS) and University of Ljubljana, Faculty of architecture (UL-FA) 


European partnership Human Cities (2008-2010, 2010-2012, 2014-2018) is addressing the issues of participatory approaches to contemporary urban design. A particular focus is on bottom-up initiatives that self-organise in order to improve public spaces in their living environments. Important pillars of the project are research, experimental and educational activities related to public spaces. The main goal is two-fold:  to help citizens develop the affinity to common urban spaces and strengthen their approaches to participatory re-design of these spaces, as well as to advance the theoretical foundations in the field of participatory provision of urban public spaces. It also stresses the importance of shared values of community members in relation to public urban spaces, among others empathy, wellbeing, intimacy, sustainability, conviviality, mobility, accessibility, imagination, leisure, aesthetics, sensoriality, solidarity and respect.

The AESOP Thematic Group Public Space and Urban Culture values a critical and constructive dialogue on the processes relating to series UNSTABLE GEOGRAPHIES – DISLOCATED PUBLICS (2016-2018) that equally involves researchers and practitioners, locals and guests. The proposed umbrella topic aims to explore and rethink relations among different concepts and meanings related to, on the one hand, cities facing austerity, crisis, and a variety of migrational patterns, and, on the other hand, a civic response in the form of emerging practices of self-organization, social innovation, and planners’ investments in building solidarity, hope, and trust. The topic has been approached in a dialectical manner and conceived as a dynamic framework that allows for the exploration of various (relational) aspects of public spaces and urban cultures, as well as socio-theoretical approaches to critically investigate and shape these spaces and cultures.



The current scenario in which the city is affected by austerity policies, crisis and dramatic migrational flows, it would be useful to approach to the public space agenda taking into account two main issues:

- Practicing more inclusive pathways for provision of public space, including engagement of marginal and minority groups;

- Experimenting long-term circular process in which public spaces' economic, social and cultural dimensions could be adapted to cater for increasing solidarity, environmental concerns and criticial heritage studies.

If the urban renewal process is to be undertaken in a particpatory way, the regeneration strategies shall be built around the values shared by local inhabitants and different stakeholders, such as NGOs, and local businesses. This call expresses the need to reflect on the distinctive social and cultural values expressed in public space, resulting in the finding that place attachments and idenfication with places are differently experienced and encountered by individuals and groups. The main obstacle is being the neoliberal drift that, by spreading individual and strictly private interests, is excluding instances of more vulnerable and disadvantages groups.

In order to address these challenges from various perspectives, UIRS has been developing and testing various approaches to participatory and  socio-cultural improvements of urban public space. Since 2014 it has been working on the issue jointly with three other partner institutions: civil initiative Skupaj na ploščad! (self organized group of local people in Ljubljana’s neighbourhood of Ruski car trying to improve the conditions of neighbourhood’s public spaces), Museum of Architecture and Design – MAO (national institution dedicated to rising awareness of the importance of high quality design of urban space)  and Department of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana (main national institution educating future urban planners). The local partnership tests new methods and techniques to better understand the needs and aspirations of local inhabitants towards their living environments ( The on-site activities within the Human Cities project have started in 2015 already and are on-going with major events to take place in Ljubljana in May 2017.

A three-day Ljubljana event in May 2017 is structured in three interrelated activities: a seminar, a workshop and a field-trip. The main purpose is to address the questions of revealing the values and expressions of more and more diversified urban communities as an important step-stone to a more inclusive provision of local public spaces. Several questions will be discussed during the forthcoming Ljubljana meeting:

- How to (re)design and (re)organise local environments with socially, economically and ethnically more diverse communities in order to improve their capacity to act as a medium of social cohesion?

- What kind of urban design solutions are robust enough to stand the changing nature of value systems over time?

- How shall established methodologies (interviewing, perceptual mapping, cognitive mapping etc.) be upgraded/combined with new technologies and social networking media? What is the general usefulness and real value of the new ICT and crowd-sourcing in revealing people’s attitudes towards their living environments?

- How can partnerships of local initiatives, residents, local and city authorities, urban planners and other players be maintained in a long term and transformed into a long-lasting cooperation forms for improving local public spaces?

- What could be research practices in public space that offer an investigation into different perceptions/attitudes of social groups?

The contributors are invited to address these issues from various perspectives based on their practical and/or theoretical work. Thematic sessions will be organised upon the duly received abstracts.


Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission is Monday 13 March 2017.

Please submit an abstract of 200-250 words along with a max 100 words biography (Word Document format) to, the abstract outlining (1) issue/research problems, (2) its relevance for the conference theme, (3) background, (4) methodology and (5) expected results.

Authors will receive notification regarding their abstracts and a format for submitting the full papers by Thursday 16 March 2017.

Deadline for full paper submission is Tuesday 2 May 2017.

Full papers will be published in an electronic version in a form of a conference book of papers. The authors of the selected papers will be encouraged to prepare their contributions in a form of scientific articles for the publication in the thematic issue of a scientific journal Urbani izziv / Urban challenge as a part of a post-conference production (


Preliminary Program

Wednesday 24 May

morning:             Arrivals

afternoon:          13:00 Human Cities & AESOP joined seminar PUBLIC SPACES FOR LOCAL LIFE

evening:              20:00 Official dinner


Thursday 25 May

morning:             9:30 Workshops at Ruski car neighbourhood | 14:00Picnic Lunch

afternoon:          15:00 Human Cities exhibition opening

evening:              19:00 BIO Ljubljana 2017 openin


Friday 26 May

morning:             9:30 Human Cities Technical meeting | 14:00 Lunch

afternoon:          16:00 Field trip by boat: Ljubljanica Embankments & Public Space Improvements

evening:              Free and/or Departures


Saturday 27 May

Optional program and/or Departures



Participation in the event is free of charge. Ljubljana meeting is interdisciplinary and targets to include actors with different perspectives. The main objective is to provide various insights and perspectives on public spaces therefore submissions from academics, practicing professionals and any interested person from any background are warmly invited.


Organizing and scientific committees

Organizing committee

Heloise Gautier, Sciences Po Rennes, France

Nina Goršič, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Blaž Jamšek, Civil initiative Skupaj na ploščad!, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Natalija Lapajne, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Biba Tominc, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Damjana Zaviršek Hudnik, Civil initiative Skupaj na ploščad!, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Scientific committee

Alenka Fikfak, Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Weronika Mazurkiewicz, Gdansk Politechnical University, Gdansk, Poland

Matej Nikšič, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Stefania Ragozino, Institute of Research for Innovation and Services for Development, Naples, Italy



For further information on joint Human Cities and AESOP TG PS&UC Ljubljana meeting please contact:

Matej Niksic (Slovenia),

Stefania Ragozino (Italy),

Weronika Mazurkiewicz  (Poland),

or use the general email address of the event


Related links

Human Cities website:


Association of European Schools of Planning, Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures:



Aktivnosti civilne iniciative Skupaj na ploščad!, 2014 Foto: Andrej Hudnik

Take part in photo contest PHOTO-STORY OF OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
(datum novice: 06/09/2016)

You are invited to catch the image of yours/ours residential neighbourhoods through a photo camera or a camera on a mobile phone, an thus contribute to the creation of a common photo album of the current state of the art in the neighbourhoods.  

Submit the photos and their subtitles on the web page, where you can register and place your photo within one of the following categories:
a.) most pleasant place in my neighbourhood
b.) professions in my neighbourhood
c.) my neighbour
d.) borders of my neighbourhood
e.) shared values in my neighbourhood

Photo contest runs from 5th of September to 4th of November 2016. It was initiated in Slovenia but is global in its scope.

An international jury will select three photos from each category, which will be printed as postcards with the presentation of author's view of a neighbourhood. They will be presented at the closure of the exibition Streets and neighbourhoods in the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana (MAO) and in spring 2017 at the travelling exibition of Human Cities project.

The contest is organized by the 
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS) within the framework of the international project Human Cities: Challenging the city scale (Creative Europe 2014–2020) in cooperation with Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) and local initiative Skupaj na ploščad! / Together to the platform!.


Conference: The Future of Urbanism
(datum novice: 05/05/2015)

MAO - Museum of Architecture and Design invites you to the Conference: The Future of Urbanism which will be held at the Museum of Architecture and Design. 

This year, Ljubljana celebrates the 120th anniversary of its first modern urban plan, designed by the architect Max Fabiani after the earthquake in 1895. Max Fabiani contributed some important concepts to the development of modern urbanism. 120 years ago, he was one of the first to understand urban planning as a dynamic process, and the city as a never completed project. On this occasion, MAO wishes to highlight the challenges of urbanism in the future. We want to know what are the strategies, which could allow urbanism systemic changes that would be useful for the management of the city in the 21st century. What are the topics on which the discipline, which 120 years ago began to see the city as a complex organism, should focus on in the coming decades? What are the tools available today, and what methods and approaches should be developed that could positively regulate the dynamic processes in the urban environment?



Boštjan Vuga, Sadar+Vuga, Ljubljana



Dr. Pavel Gantar, sociologist, Ljubljana

Ward Verbakel, plusoffice architects, Brussels

Marko Peterlin, Institute for Spatial Policies, Ljubljana

Anastassia Smirnova, Strelka Institute and SVESMI, Moscow, Rotterdam

Markus Schaefer, Hosoya Schaefer Architects, Zürich, Kyoto

Aristide Antonas, architect and writer, Athens

Justin McGuirk, writer, critic and curator, London

Prof. Janez Koželj, City of Ljubljana, Ljubljana


The conference will be held in English.

Foto: SVESMI, iz filma "What happened to microrayon?" / Photo: SVESMI, frame from film "What happened to microrayon?”

Final conference of the MER project "SMART GREEN COMMUNITIES:new policies and governance"
(datum novice: 01/12/2014)

The lead partner in the framework of the European project MER (Marketing and govERning innovative industrial areas), the Province of Bologna, is organizing the final conference "SMART GREEN COMMUNITIES:new policies and governance" of the project MER on the 10th of December 2014 in Bologna. The conference will be focused on promoting of local marketing, smart communities and sustainability policies, building up synergies, interactions and concrete opportunities for cooperation at European level followed by presentation of tools and best practices, designed to increase the attractiveness of the MED area.


(datum novice: 27/11/2014)

We are kindly inviting to the exhibition of the student works from École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture, Strasbourg, which will be on a display from December 4th 2014 to January 9th 2015 in the library of the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Trnovski pristan 2, Ljubljana. The students analyzed the city during their visit to Ljubljana and developed their own urban design proposals for the selected parts of the city. There are 22 student works exhibited. The exhibition materials are in French with the partial translation into Slovenian and English. The exhibition opening times equal the opening times of the library of the Urban Planning Institute. The works are on display until January 9th 2015, the entrance is free of charge. We thank French Cultural Institute Charles Nodier in Slovenia for the support. You are happily encouraged to attend! From the exibition materials: Slovenia, a young European country with its capital city of Ljubljana, has become known over the last two decades for the architectural creations of a young generation of architects and urban planners, particularly in the sector of accommodation, public facilities, and public spaces. In over a century of modern urban development (since Max Fabiani’s expansion plans in 1895), which was then marked by the architectural style of the famous Jože Plečnik and his pupils, the city of Ljubljana has succeeded in constructing an effective modern identity, while maintaining its cultural roots (a regionalist modernist architecture). A post-war generation of architects, with leading figures such as Edvard Ravnikar, enabled Slovenia to resist the imposition of the socialist realist style. This particular aspect of Ljubljana’s history, including the urbanisation of the 1960s to the 1990s and its current transformation, along with the development of its hinterland—which is rich in culture and industries—, have made this region into a veritable laboratory in terms of its architectural projects and the organisation of its public spaces. The students covered the following topics in the exibited works: 1. The city for citizens: Cultural and institutional axis of the city 2. Bridges: Ljubljana and its relation to the water 3. Topography: From the castle to the city 4. Integration: Urban fabric and ambients Tutors: Christian HORN, Dominik NEIDLINGER, Nicolas DEPOUTOT, Etienne FALK, Antonio GALLEGO, Markus HASTENTEUFEL, Fanny LOPEZ, Dominique SIGWARD Project partners: École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Strasbourg, Strasbourg Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana French Cultural Institute Charles Nodier in Slovenia, Ljubljana


Green development: products, consumption, promotion and territorial marketing
(datum novice: 09/05/2014)


Green Marketing and Governance – International perspectives in the University of Algarve
(datum novice: 24/03/2014)

The University of Algarve, through CRIA and MER project, promotes a seminar on "Governance and Marketing: Policies and Practices for Sustainability". The seminar will be held in the Auditorium Teresa Gamito (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Algarve, Campus Gambelas) next March 31, 14:30 to 19:00. The seminar aims to discuss the Green Marketing to the development and promotion of the territories and to present successful cases of cooperation in R & D linking University and Industries, in the area of Energy and Sustainability. The seminar will include international speakers, including Professor Alfredo Valentino's LUISS University, Rome, and leading researchers at the University of Algarve. For registration and more information about the program access The MER project (Governing Innovative Marketing and Industrial Areas) is co-financed by the European Territorial Cooperation Programme MED, MED Call Capitalization 2012.


Call for SMEs – external partner competition
(datum novice: 05/02/2014)

UIRS is partner in international project Sha.p.e.s. - Sharing prior excellence and support for the MED creative asset (MED CP). We invite inovative companies (SMEs) to apply for participation in the project as external partner. Selected company will be supported to take part in different activities in the project. We search for creative industries with innovative approaches and/or products in fields of living and lifestyles such as indoor and outdoor design and equipment, textile design and clothing, wellbeing accessories, gifts, different systems and other products for improvement of quality of life. Call is open till 21. February 2014. Please, fill in the application form on Sha.p.e.s. homepage.

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