Human Cities Event / Ljubljana 23–27 May 2017

PUBLIC SPACES FOR LOCAL LIFE / Shared values in diversified urban communities as a foundation for participatory provision of local public spaces

 A joint event of EU Human Cities: Challenging the city scale project (Creative Europe 2014-2020) and AESOP’s thematic group Public spaces and Urban Cultures

 Organised by Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana  in cooperation with the Faculty of architecture of the University of Ljubljana and other partners.


The event is addressing the questions of participatory provision of urban local public spaces in economically, socially and ethnically increasingly diverse urban communities. The approaches to reveal shared values that are common to local inhabitants and other users of local environments will be in the focus as an important base for setting up common visions for local environments in participatory manner. The initial call of the event can be found here:

In order to address challenges set-up in Human Cities project, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS), the Slovenian partner of Human Cities, has been developing and testing various research and action oriented approaches to participatory and socio-cultural improvements of urban public space to better understand the needs and aspirations of local inhabitants. The activities have started in 2015 in collaboration with Human Cities project partners ( and other local partners and supporters:

  • City of Ljubljana, District of Posavje / One of 17 local districts of Ljubljana at its northern outskirts with the active local community reactivating local public space
  • Faculty of architecture of the University of Ljubljana / Central national institution educating future urban planners and designers
  • Lafarge Cement Ltd. / Part of the Lafarge Group, supporting the efforts to build better cities
  • Museum of Architecture and Design – MAO / Slovenian national institution highlighting the importance of good design and educating spatial literacy
  • Primary school Danile Kumar in Ljubljana / Local school of Ruski car neighbourhood in Posavje District
  • Skupaj na ploščad! / A self organized local initiative in Ruski car neighbourhood improving the conditions of neighbourhood’s public spaces in a participatory way


Thanks to the synergies between the project partners and local partners and supporters the program offers a wide range of activities:

Tuesday May 23rd 2017

  • 17.00 / Lecture “Possible trajectories to navigate neo-liberal urbanism in UK. Hybrid organisations to implement activist planning” by Stefania Ragozino (IRISS CNR) at UIRS, Trnovski pristan 2, Ljubljana

Wednesday May 24th 2017

  • 14.00–19.00 / Human Cities & AESOP joined seminar PUBLIC SPACES FOR LOCAL LIFE at Faculty of Architecture, Zoisova ulica 12, Ljubljana

Thursday May 25th 2017

  • 10.00–14.00 / Workshops at Ruski car neighbourhood, Bratovševa ploščad 30, Ljubljana
  • 15.00–16.00 / Human Cities exhibition opening at Ruski car neighbourhood, Bratovševa ploščad 30, Ljubljana
  • 19.00 / BIO Ljubljana 2017 opening at Museum for Architecture and Design (MAO), Pot na Fužine 2, Ljubljana

Friday May 26th 2017

  • 10.00–14.00 / Human Cities Technical meeting at UIRS, Trnovski pristan 2, Ljubljana / for Human Cities partners and invited parties only
  • 16.00 / Field trip by boat: Ljubljanica Embankments & Public Space Improvements

Saturday May 27th 2017

  • Field trip to Karst and Coastal region organized by MAO [optional program of BIO25 Faraway, So Close]


The detailed programme will be published prior to the event at

The official language of the event is English, the activities are free of charge with few exceptions of the events run by Museum of design and architecture (MAO) within Biennial of Design BIO25. 

Registrations are opened at Please use one appropriate registration category out of three (1 Human Cities / Partners, 2 Foreseen speakers / Authors with accepted abstracts, 3 Audience).

For any further inquiries please contact

Welcome to Ljubljana in May 2017 – let’s co-create humane cities spirit together!

From May to July interactiondesign and sound designstudents of the master program Communication Media Sound and Interaction Design at Universiy of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM worked on the question how do we experience space and architecture with our sense of hearing. A special focus was laid on the auditory experience of space for blind people.
The created artefacts helped to transform the experience of sensual focused deprivation in public space and raise the awareness for sound and sound scapes in public space for everybody.
The core topic wil also be continued with a workshop at the Business Design Week in Munich in March 2019.
The workshop was hold by Brane Zorman, a well known artist from Ljubljana/Slovenia, with the main topic of his work in the field of soundscapes, urban sand an geo located sound walks. Students were also mentored by Reni Hofmüller, an artist dealing with participatory urban development and Josef Gründler, sound artist and professor for interaction and sound design at Institute for Design and Communication /FH JOANNEUM.
An on-site presentation of the students projects will be on the 28th of June 18h at esc medien kunstlabor in Graz, namely
Sounds good sounds Graz – an interactive sound installation
Sound map – an interactive map reusing childrens  tiptoe pen to explore the es sounds
Dogwalk – experience a street through the ears of a dog
Acoustic Pollution Feedback – get immediate feedback of the acoustic pollution You produce.

Human Cities _Challenging The City Scale/ Event Bilbao 2017

Bilbao 15-18 November 2017

The travelling Human Cities exhibition in 2016-2018 presents the process and results of co-creating activities in the experimental Labs of all the Human Cities partners in ten different European cities. The next upcoming Exhibition is landing in Bilbao during the Bilbao Design Week. Every exhibition is always combined with a co-creating workshop and sharing presentations of all the Human Citizens.

Check the press release for the full program.


(How) can we transform a transition space into a common space, where people like to stay and to meet without being forced to consume?

Inhabitants of the area will meet at Jakomini quarter to conquer the space. As a result of the experimentation lab Graz the artists/ carpenters of “brauchst” developed some seats which will be given to the public. On Saturday we continue with the next 200 benches. The idea is to spread them until every citizen of Graz owns ONE bench and provides it for the use in public space.

The Final Human Cities Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018 event will be held in Tallinn during  XIII Tallinn Design Festival. In fact Human Cities is this year’s theme of the festival.

The XIII Tallinn Design Festival will be held from 10 to 16 September 2018. For a week, the unique festival which centres on different parts of Tallinn, will be revived – the historic Baltic Station Departure Pavilion, the new building of EAA, Museum of Architecte, Architectural and Design Gallery, Viru Centre, Telliskivi, Alexela Concert Hall, Solaris, Kadriorg Tennis Hall and dozens of satellites in various locations.

Designers, architects, urbanists, and planners are committed to ensuring a more sustainable and human-friendly urban environment. Insights and testimonials from other cities can be seen at exhibitions and the conference which marks the successful end of the four-year Europe-wide project “Human Cities – Challenging the City Scale”. We are looking forward to presenters from several architectural bureaus and other distinguished visionaries such as Mark Kingwell (Canada), Liam Young (UK) and Chantal Vanoeteren (Belgium). Those interested in urban development can see projects from 11 different countries, including innovative projects of Politecnico di Milano and Aalto University. The Estonian team will present the relaxation capsule HÄLO. The works of the nominees of Germany’s renowned design award IF will complement the exhibition from the perspective of the students. „Human Cities“, a music piece by Villu Veski and Laura will bring the project to an upstanding end.

This year’s design festival will be spiced by an exciting opportunity to get acquainted with the finest Estonian design in Viru Centre. At the festive Design Award gala product design awards BRUNO and SÄSI, graphic design award and prizes in other categories will be awarded.

A graphic designers exhibition „Dialogue“ will also be displayed.

Throughout September in the Museum of Estonian Architecture visitors can become acquainted with the exciting history of Isokon which has accrued from the foreign representation of the Luther factory. The text and pictures of the Isokon Gallery in London are supplemented by product examples from the Luther factory and its descendant, as well as replicas of the Isokon products, supported by the well-known designers from Bauhaus – Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, etc.

The exhibition reflecting the plywood industry is brought to the present day by the examples of the plywood manufacturer’s workshop. The topic is complemented by lectures of Jüri Kermik, John Allan and Magnus Englund (Director of the Isokon Gallery Trust). From Hungary, examples of wearable technologies and achievements of digital handicrafts are brought to the Design Festival. Authors are looking for answers on how a traditional craft can continue in today’s digital world without losing value. At the exhibitions of design schools one can examine the developments taken place in different educational institutions during the year, also get acquainted with the student works from Lahti and participate in an experience room Design For All. The festival’s attractions are fashion shows, PechaKucha and Design Street. The light installations show the way to the attractive centres of the Festival, a musician Kristjan Kannukene presents his new single in the tunnel. It is possible to participate at an unconventional tour „Closed Rooms“ and visit places full of surprises you could possibly not get into.

There will be plenty of events for the entire family, including educational workshops for children and workshops “Child Culture Design”