4 lessons every European city can learn from Oberhausen

17. 03. 2017

Refugees' Kitchen 2_Christoph Stark

Oberhausen is a city in the Ruhr Area in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has about 211 000 inhabitants and is one of the cities still fighting to overcome its industrial past. Over the past two years, Oberhausen has often served as an example of a German city coping with the influx of [...]

Walking Bus and Bike Train to Promote Sustainable Mobility

06. 02. 2017


As the traffic lights change to green, a long line of children on their bikes accompanied by adults wearing reflective safety vests crosses the road. It is the bike train. A form of accompanied school travel that promotes sustainable mobility, daily exercise, and trains children to become independent and capable road users. Active school travel [...]

Artists to help Syrian refugees make new homes in Germany

26. 05. 2016


A group of European artists, architects and urban planners has launched a project to restore abandoned buildings in the Ruhr region in north-west Germany as homes for refugees. The group has earmarked empty properties in the city of Oberhausen, where almost 2% of the population are refugees, mainly from Syria, but also from Afghanistan and [...]

How Ljubljana turned itself into Europe’s ‘green capital’

03. 02. 2016


Along the narrow streets on the banks of the Ljubljanica River, the only sounds you’re likely to hear are the patter of shoes on cobblestones, the voices of people out walking and the clanking of glasses at sidewalk cafes. It’s much changed from ten years ago, when these streets were clogged with traffic. There was [...]

Urban Gardening: Every City Has Its Own Story

26. 08. 2015


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 [...]

Between Bottom-up Regeneration and Coworking

01. 04. 2015

07-delavnica s študenti FA

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, [...]

The Rise of Alternative Practices in Urban Development

01. 03. 2015

Header photo_Park Tabor

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 [...]

Community and Sustainable Urban Design

21. 12. 2014

Vrtovi Maribor

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


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


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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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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