Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS) and partners host a 5-day in 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.
The international event is organized by UIRS within the framework of the European project Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale (Creative Europe 2014–2018) with cooperation of Human Cities partners as well as other partners and supporters (abc):
The registration and activities will be held in english and free of charge with the exception of some additional events organized by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in the context of the biennial of design BIO 25 / Faraway, so close.
Please register by using the appropriate online form here below and mark the activities that you would like to attend. Please mind that you will have to register the activities organised by MAO once more within MAO's registration website.
For more information about the event, please write to e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for abstracts - Deadline extended to 13 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 hosted by Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS) and University of Ljubljana, Faculty of architecture (UL-FA): Ljubljana, May 24th – 26th 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.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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.
Participation in the event is free of charge. More information: UIRS web page.
The contest Photostory of our neighbourhood has successfully come to an end. You have contributed more than 170 photos that show living environments through the photo camera's objective, as seen by their inhabitants and users. We thank you for submitting the photos which along with the subtitles open new perspectives of urban spaces in Slovenian and other cities as well as life unfolding there! All submitted photos with subtitles will soon be presented in the online gallery.
The international jury has completed its work. Selected pictures with subtitles can be viewed here. On Sunday, 20 November 2016, after a guided tour of the exhibition Neighbourhood and the Street in the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana (MAO, Pot na Fužine 2) the winners of the contest were announced:
We are creating a photo album of large housing estates. The album is a thematic collection of photos of today's state of art of neighborhoods in Slovenia and elsewhere. The album is created in a participatory way with the participation of residents and visitors of the neighborhoods. Its aim is to reveal the neighbourhoods and their life through the eyes of all of us who live or occasionally spend time there.
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) with the cooperation of the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) and local initiative Skupaj na ploščad! / Together on the platform!.
Photo-story of our neighborhood contest is accompaying activity to the exhibition Neighborhoods and streets, which is on opened from 17 May to 20 November 2016 in the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO).
We usually spend a major part of our time in our neighbourhood, therefore its arrangements importantly influence the quality of our life. Which are the spaces in the neighbourhood that I like, I find interesting and like to spend time in? What makes them pleasant? Activities and people that spend time there, street furniture, presence of natural elements, maybe the light and colours or details on surrounding buildings? Try to show the places of your neighbourhood that you find pleasant, and explain what makes them attractive, through the photo and its subtitle.
Good neighbourhoods are not merely sleeping spaces, but places where different activities and programs take place which cater the inhabitants of the neighbourhood and the city. The baker at the end of the street, the shop-seller in a local shop, the driver of a bus stopping in the neighbourhood, the local greens care-taker ... are only few more visible professions which importantly contribute to the quality of life in a neighbourhood. At the same time there are many other professions which are more hidden to our eyes – people with different skills, abilities and knowledge. Present their activities through a photo and its subtitle.
Fast rhythm of life and new ways of communication supported by new communication technologies are changing and often weaken the contacts between people living in the same space. With the help of a photography and its subtitle catch moments showing that social beings inhabit neighbourhoods that desipite changed ways of life still gather, support and help each other. Street play, chatting on a bench in a local park or ringing neighbour's door when running out of flour when baking biscuits are examples of activities that join people in a neighbourhood. Photos with subtitles in this category shall show that in vivid neighbourhoods reside people, who make neighbours and not complete strangers to each other.
Until where reaches my neighbourhood? What is its border and what defines it? Is it physically, functionally or symbolically defined? Borders may sometimes be clear and exact, sometimes blurred and fluid. Getting to know the borders is welcome for someone to be able to overreach them. Or strengthen the distinctive identity of space within. Present the borders of your neighbourhood with a help of photography and its subtitle.
Which are the shared values among inhabitants of my neighbourhood? Which ideals unite us as a community? How are they reflected in space? And can they be a basis for common action of inhabitants in the endeavours to improve the living conditions in a neighbourhood? The values are an immaterial category, nevertheless often reflected in the physical, real environment. In this category we are collecting the photos which will show the state of the art of the neighbourhoods reflecting the values of their inhabitants.
The international jury is composed of project partners Human City: Challenging the City Scale and external professionals:
By the initiative of Pro Materia from Brussels in 2007 a two-day international conference was organized entitled Sustainable Environmental Design, where the concept of Human Cities was introducedfor the first time. The conference was devoted to issues of public spaces and their social and cultural dimensions. The success of this meeting has been a stimulus for a formation of a broader international group where Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia plays an important role in the research of urban public space. Various activities are carried out within several projects under the European programs Culture 2007–2013 and Creative Europe 2014–2020.
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