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Urban Gardening: Every City Has Its Own Story

26. 08. 2015

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Urban gardening is one of the most widespread collaborative spatial practices in Slovenia. It is not a new phenomenon as it has been present in Slovenian cities and towns for decades, most extensively since the end of World War II. Urban gardens are everywhere – on municipal gardening plots, in schools and kindergartens, nurseries, and [...]

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Between Bottom-up Regeneration and Coworking

01. 04. 2015

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As described in a recent blog post, in Slovenia, collaborative spatial practices have been springing up like mushrooms after the rain. The publication Prostori sodelovanja (“Spaces of Collaboration”), published by IpoP, and a dedicated website deal with a wide variety of these practices within seven themes: co-mobility, housing communities, bottom-up regeneration, temporary use of space, [...]

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The Rise of Alternative Practices in Urban Development

01. 03. 2015

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In many European countries, traditional planning approaches are facing various problems. In the more developed countries, spatial and urban planning is often characterised by over-formalised procedures, whereas in the less developed countries, the authorities responsible for spatial and urban planning are often unable to regulate private and other particular interests in favour of the common [...]

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Community and Sustainable Urban Design

21. 12. 2014

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Community gardens have gained a lot of attention and popularity over the past years in terms of community-driven and sustainable urban design, which can help cities in addressing their social, economic and environmental problems. Although South Korean and Slovene cities don’t have much in common at first sight the Community Eco Garden in Maribor may [...]

Go For It, Maribor!

18. 08. 2014

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Maribor is one of the twelve cities forming the URBACT network My Generation at Work that aims to promote the employability of young people in a changing labour market, with special focus on enterprising skills and attitudes. Maribor is the second-largest city in Slovenia and the largest city of the traditional region of Lower Styria [...]

Cities belong to pedestrians!

13. 12. 2013

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We are all pedestrians, most of the time, and it is time to start planning cities for us, pedestrians. As numerous studies show, pedestrian-friendly places are vital for health and well-being of the population, for cleaner environment and for a thriving local economy. Do you know the feeling when after waiting for the green light [...]

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European Capital of Culture left a sustainable trace in Maribor

08. 07. 2013

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The lively activity of the European Capital of Culture 2012 in Maribor, Slovenia, has sparked the creation of the Centre for Alternative and Autonomous Production (CAAP), connecting social and environmental organisations and initiatives in Maribor, and striving to support self-sufficient and engaged citizens. After the extremely busy cultural activity in the past year the atmosphere [...]

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Improving energy efficiency in Ljubljana urban region

04. 11. 2012

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In Slovenia, energy policy is planned and implemented at the national and at the municipal level. The regional aspect is currently underserved, and the gap between the level of the National Energy Programme (NEP) and the level of the Local Energy Concept is wide. Filling this gap represents a considerable potential for improvements in the [...]

Towards sustainable mobility in the Ljubljana urban region

04. 11. 2012

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Recent development of the transport system in Slovenia, as well as in the Ljubljana Urban Region (LUR) has primarily been oriented towards improving the road infrastructure and, consequently, towards improvements in mobility for cars and motorised transport, whilst public transport and non-motorised transport have been neglected both at national and municipal level. This resulted in [...]

Fresh approaches to urban design in the metropolitan Seoul

11. 09. 2012

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Seoul is one of the world’s most dense cities. While the city is internationally known for the rapid economic growth and massive urban development in the past, it is largely overlooked that fresh approaches to urban development, which differ from the earlier period, are taking place in the metropolitan Seoul. One approach is related to [...]

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Festival of Walking

First Festival of Walking will be held in Savsko naselje in Ljubljana on Friday, 6 May 2016. It is organized by the Institute for Spatial Policies in collaboration with the Cultural Association prostoRož and other partners, with the support of the Municipality of Ljubljana – European Green Capital 2016.

The festival will be opened by five Jane’s Walks, which will be launched simultaneously in different parts of Ljubljana and they will all lead to the venue of the festival in front of Dom skupnosti in Savsko naselje. Walkers will sum up their impressions and formulate proposals to improve the attractiveness of urban space for everyday walking during the workshop that will follow. At the festival various activities will be held to emphasize the importance of the diversity of local services for the walking-friendly neighborhoods.

The festival will be an excellent opportunity for the residents of Ljubljana, to jointly develop proposals to improve walkability of the city of Ljubljana even further.

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Institute for Spatial Policies (IPoP) is an independent research and consultancy as well as non-governmental non-profit organization, active in the field of spatial and urban development. It was established with the aim to integrate knowledge and experience of different sciences and practices dealing with space and place. In our work we cooperate with a variety of experts and organizations, including local civil society groups. We are focused on the processes, producing space and place from the bottom up, from the part of an individual, and are emphasizing the importance of long-term thinking. We are therefore developing participative decision-making processes and sustainable spatial and urban planning.

According to Wikipedia, ‘spatial planning’ refers to the methods used by the public sector to influence the distribution of people and activities in spaces of various scales. Discrete professional disciplines which involve spatial planning include land use planningurban planningregional planningtransport planning and environmental planning. Other related areas are also important, including economic planning and community planning. Spatial planning takes place on local, regional, national and inter-national levels and often result in the creation of a spatial plan.

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