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Public Space for Local Life

  • Date: 24.05.2017 – 26.05.2017
  • Time: 12:00 am

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

Ljubljana, May 24th-26th 2017

Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS) is organizing a call for abstracts and joint event of EU Human Cities partnership and AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures in May 2017 in Ljubljana.

A three-day Ljubljana event 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.

Important Date

Deadline for abstract submission is Monday 6 March 2017. Submit it to

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.     More information about call for abstract UIRS website: AESOP website:   The call and the event are organized jointly by Human Cities partnership (EU project within Creative Europe 2014–2020) 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) with the cooperation of the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana, the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), local initiative Skupaj na ploščad! and Posavje District office of the City of Ljubljana.