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Environmental noise and health

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Environmental noise and health

Library of Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Tuesday, 15th October at 5pm, lecture in Slovene language, free of charge

Library of Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia,
Tuesday, 15th October at 5pm, lecture in Slovene language, free of charge

Sonja Jeram will present the topic of environmental noise and the importance of a good soundscape in residential areas. She will explain the position of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission, as well as the role of the National Institute of Public Health in preparing opinions related to land use planning and action plans. She will present the level of noise pollution for traffic, industry, restaurants and wind turbines and highlight individual cases. As a contrast to noise pollution, she will also describe the role of quiet areas in the urban environment.

Environmental noise has several impacts on human health and well-being. Very loud sounds can cause temporary or permanent hearing impairment even in a short period of time. However, such sounds are not often present in the living environment. There is increasing scientific evidence of the negative effects of permanent noise in the environment even when it does not reach high intensities. Although, many people quickly get used to this noise and accept it as part of their everyday life, health effects are reflected in long-term cardiovascular disease. It is estimated that more than one million healthy life years are lost in Western Europe due to suffering from annoyance, sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease, tinnitus and cognitive impairment in children. The data indicate the severity of the outcomes that we should not overlook.

Sonja Jeram is a researcher at the National Institute of Public Health in Ljubljana. She holds a PhD in biology from the University of Ljubljana in the field of neurophysiology in insect sound communication. She continued her work in the field of chemical safety and participated as a visiting scientist at the European Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods (Joint Research Centre, Ispra). For her outstanding work on alternative strategies for reducing animal use in experiments, she received the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation Award. For the last ten years, she has been working on environmental noise and health also being involved in Horizon 2020 European projects.


The lecture is part of a project »Expert basis for spatial planning of green areas aimed at promoting physical activities for citizens«.


You are kindly invited to the lecture and the discussion that will follow. More info at info@uirs.si.


An uklad-based approach to protection and sustainable development of cultural heritage in Chisinau, Moldova

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An uklad-based approach to protection and sustainable development of cultural heritage in Chisinau, Moldova

Irina Irbiskaya

Library of the Urban Planning Institute of Republic of Slovenia, October 1st 2019 at 5pm, lecture in English and free of charge

Irina Irbiskaya will discuss the uklad-based approach to preservation of cultural heritage in the Republic of Moldova. An uklad is a persistent way of life / mode of activity which has a spatial expression. The ways uklads exist in the city differ according to the size and the role of a city (e.g. capital city, a regional administrative center or a small town). An uklad is characterized by the prevalent family culture, by its attitude to the surrounding space, by the manner in which people belonging to the uklad are aware of their past and construct their future, by how they perceive their children, how they interact with their territory and their neighbors, how they own their property and treat others' property, and by how they work and spend their leisure time.
 
The uklad-based approach to preservation of cultural heritage is elaborated within the framework of the ‘Russian Experts upon request’ program in accordance with Partnership Framework Agreement between the Government of Russian Federation and the UN Development Program.

Irina Irbitskaya is an architect and urban planner. She is  the director of the Center of Urban Competence at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) with expertise in housing projects and urban development and planning advancement. She is a co-founder of the international project Doktor Gorodov.


You are kindly invited to the lecture and the discussion that will follow.

More info at info@uirs.si.

ASTUS – Alpine Smart Transport and Urbanism Strategies

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ASTUS – Alpine Smart Transport and Urbanism Strategies

Final conference on 15 October 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The ASTUS project is in its third year of implementation and the partnership has started to prepare the final event. It will be held on 15 October 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference will be an opportunity to learn to know the project outcomes, exchange experience and get encouraged to act.

The aim of the ASTUS project is to assist local authorities with identifying and implementing long term solutions in both mobility and spatial planning, so that CO2 emissions linked to daily trips in the Alps could be reduced. The partners work in pilot regions in Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Slovenia. The main project outputs include a transnational typology of Alpine territories, a CO2 minimizer toolbox, local scenarios, strategies and action plans as well as transnational recommendations for reduction of CO2 emissions in the Alps.

The ASTUS partners would be delighted to welcome you at the project's final event and most cordially invite you to save the date.

For more information about the ASTUS project please consult the project website.

The ASTUS project team

CONNECTING NATURE

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CONNECTING NATURE

The importance of co-creating open spaces in the processes of planning NBS

Nature based solutions (NBS) address variations of environmental, social and economic challenges of society in a sustainable way. Solutions derive from imitation of nature, are cost-effective and simultaneously ensure environmental and social well-being.

Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia is addressing possibilities of integrating, assessing ecosystem approach as a possible framework in NBS planning process.

The NBS concept is based on the imitation of nature processes. Analogy for planning open spaces can be found in the process local characteristics of the space. Part of this space are people who are in an interactive relationship with natural processes.

Current activities focus on addressing understanding of process of co-creating open spaces, the importance of integrating the users into the NBS planning process as key stakeholders, and

advantages and disadvantages of co-creating space with users according to the stages of integration.

In order to capture a comprehensive overview, in the next phases, emphasis will also be focused on examining the role of government bodies and planners in the planning process,

management and coordination of the planning process,

the importance of integrated planning,

ways of stakeholder participation

and assessment of success, NBS synergy in open spaces on cases of participating cities in the Connecting nature project.

The purpose of the CONNECTING NATURE project is to place Europe as the leading global force in the field of innovation and implementation of nature-based solutions in the development of cities and society. Learn more about the project on the link: https://connectingnature.eu/

Ljubljana – My City project

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Ljubljana – My City project

Renovation of building shells of buildings with the status of cultural heritage

Library of the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 5PM

presentation in Slovene language, free of charge

The lecturer Karl Pollak, an arhitect and urban planner, will present »Ljubljana– My City project«, a project that has been ongoing since 1989 and includes the implementation of the renovation of building shells of monumentally important buildings. The motivation behind »Ljubljana - My City project« was the preparations for the 1991 World Designer’s Conference (ICSID 91), at which time the Municipality decided that rather than contribute to the customary glamour of such occasions it would be better to contribute funds to improving the city itself. At that time, a complete renovation was already underway in Ljubljana, where several buildings were renovated and plans for the revitalization of the old city core area were being prepared. However, the renovation then stalled due to social changes and denationalisation, the abolition of systemic funding sources and high refurbishment prices. Simultaneous with the restoration of individual important mansions and other buildings as part of the project they were also arranging public areas. In addition to that, the City of Ljubljana is also doing away with architectural obstacles which prevent wheelchair users and other disabled persons, including the blind and partially sighted, from moving around the city and having access to individual buildings. The project is still active but is now known under a different name. By restoring facades and roofs, arranging an open urban space - squares, streets and embankments, and eliminating architectural barriers, the city of Ljubljana follows the development flows of western European cities - although not with a complete renovation, which is virtually impossible to implement in our environment due to the fragmentation of ownership and lack of system resources. Nevertheless, the city is becoming not only more friendly to the inhabitants, but also more attractive for investments, the development of tourism, congress industry, etc. There is also a growing awareness of the importance and value of cultural heritage buildings.

Karel Pollak is an architect and urban planner that works at the spatial planning department within the City Municipality of Ljubljana. He has been running the project "Ljubljana - My City" for more than 25 years, and has been involved in many other tasks in the area of regulation and use of public spaces.

You are kindly invited to the presentation and the discussion that will follow. More info at info@uirs.si.

CONNECTING NATURE

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CONNECTING NATURE

CONNECTING NATURE at the presentation of UIRS research activities to the higher professional school Environmental Protection and Municipal Services of the Novo mesto School Center

Since CONNECTING NATURE addresses contemporary approaches to planning, management and maintenance of cities, the project was briefly presented to the students of the higher professional school Environmental Protection and Municipal Services of the Novo mesto School Center, which visited the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia on March 29th, 2019.

CONNECTING NATURE

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CONNECTING NATURE

The project referred to at the presentation of the research program Spatial Planning to the Administrative Board of the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia

Head of the research program Spatial Planning (2019 - 2023), financed by the Slovenian Research Agency, dr. Barbara Goličnik Marušić presented the concept, work and results of the research program to the board of the Institute. 

Work under the program is carried out in four working packages:

WP1: Evaluation of modern developmental paradigms and orientations in order to determine their useful value in spatial planning processes.

WP2: Mobility and low carbon society.

WP3: Spatial demography, migration and social innovation, and housing challenges.

WP4: Development of methods and tools for the implementation of planning processes, and spatial , changes and simulations of in space development processes.

Among the challenges of WP1 Evaluation of modern developmental paradigms and orientations in order to determine their useful value in spatial planning processes, as an example of linkage of research projects and basic research conducted within the research program she referred to CONNECTING NATIRE project with the subject All-inclusive paradigms / approaches / concepts relevant to spatial planning: Interpretation of the NBS, and pointed out the added values of the project to the topic of the research program.

Lessons in collaborative place making

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Lessons in collaborative place making

Lecture in English, free of charge

Library of the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Tuesday, January 15th 2019 at 5pm

Although there is growing support for the principle of citizens co-creating places together with local authorities and the private sector, there still seems to be a disconnect between the desire to engage the public, and the reality of the standard consultation procedures followed. It is time to change the way things are done and to bring communities genuinely to the heart of planning and placemaking. This lecture will present innovative methods of co-creation (i.e. collaborative place making), and how they can be applied at a local-level.  What new possibilities might open up if there was real co-creation in place-making (as to opposed to consultation, which is often only a step away from tokenism)? How should pre-event activities be fed into and help inform design-led events? How can the impact of outcomes from design-led events be tracked during the follow-on stages of collaborative community planning? What constitutes effective best practice for clarifying the level of substantive planning and design expertise a facilitator requires, if any, at any given community design event? This research presented by the lecturer provides an important scoping of the many components and steps involved. Its findings will aid understanding and ultimately enhance the output performance of community participatory design processes.

Dr. Husam AlWaer (B.Arch, MRTPI, Ph.D, BREEAM AP, AoU, Recognised Practitioner in Urban Design RPUD) is an urbansit with a background in architecture, urban planning and sustainability, who writes and speaks extensively on making better places. He is an award-winning author and curator of events, focussing on issues of place making and urban design practice and their social impacts. He is an educator and facilitator and moderates events nationally and internationally. He is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Design and Evaluation in the School of Social Sciences (Architecture + Urban Planning), University of Dundee. Dr. AlWaer has a passionate interest in the future of sustainable places and towns, in particular the development of new thinking on processes and methods to unlock sustainable urbanism and the way these processes are facilitated and managed.

You are kindly invited to the lecture and the discussion that will follow.

PUBLIC SPACES AND LOCAL LIFE

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PUBLIC SPACES AND LOCAL LIFE

A special issue of Urbani izziv

A special issue of Urbani izziv PUBLIC SPACES AND LOCAL LIFE has been published. The contributions were selected at the Human Cities Ljubljana 2017 international event organised by the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana within the international cooperation of EU Human Cities (www.humancities.eu) and AESOP thematic group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures (https://www.aesop-planning.eu/blogs/en_GB/urban-cultures-and-public-spaces). The publication brings new insights into the topic of participatory planning and maintainance of public space. For a free access follow this link: https://urbaniizziv.uirs.si/kazalo_p/id/70/id_k/p

Project LUMAT

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Project LUMAT

Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, September 26th-27th 2018

After the @interregCE @Lumat_project conference #cooperationiscentral and #ECDay2018 project meeting will be hosted by the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, http://www1.uirs.si between 26th and 27th of September 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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