PUBLIC AND SHARED SPACES OF LJUBLJANA’S CITY CENTRE
For more than a decade now, the City of Ljubljana has been making big steps to improve the living quality of its residents. In 2007 first big steps were taken in the field of city’s transport policy - few streets and squares of the city centre were closed for cars and redesigned. Since then many new streets and squares followed a similar kind of transformation. Today most of the area within the inner ring road is either car free, shared space or area with calmed traffic.
Additional investments in public space were made as a part of riverbanks regeneration along Ljubljanica River. Several new bridges for pedestrians and cyclists were built and the riverfront was redesigned in order to allow residents and visitors to enjoy the view of the river. The changes attract residents and visitors to spend more time in the public space. As a result, the numbers of pedestrians and cyclists in the city are rising.
Within the workshop, we will visit some recent redevelopments in the city centre. We will walk through new public spaces such as Trubarjeva cesta road, Kongresni trg square and Trg republike square. We will also visit Slovenska cesta road and Poljanska cesta road which are two examples of shared space, but with very different approaches and results. Besides the success stories we will discuss challenges such as a dramatic change of accessibility for residents. We will also present approaches to mitigate conflicts between different groups of users in public space.
The workshop will be led by Luka Mladenovič (UIRS) and vice mayor prof. Janez Koželj (TBC, City of Ljubljana).