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Ljubljana’s pioneering urban architect in the plans for RSA

Delegates in Ljubljana for the 2020 RSA (Regional Studies Association) Annual Conference will be able to take a walking tour of “Plečnik’s Ljubljana”, a unique example of urban planning considered to be one of the 20th century’s most important total works of art.

The Slovenian capital will host the largest knowledge exchange and networking gathering to date for the RSA, the global interdisciplinary network for city and regional research, development, and policy, from 17-20 June 2020. 

The four-day conference will bring together academics and policymakers from 50 different global territories to exchange news, views and research findings from the fields of regional studies and science, regional and economic development, policy and planning.

The conference will feature more than 450 presentations, with key themes including: Smart cities and regions; The regional dimension of climate futures, and Mobilities.

The conference is being held in partnership with the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The University is the alma mater of the famous architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957), who tried to use modern approaches while modelling the city on ancient Athens. His unique style is characterized by the use of redesigned classical architectural elements, while also considering the city’s water and land axes. He undertook the building of several of Ljubljana’s key buildings, including the National and University Library building, the Ljubljanica river embankments and bridges.

This early pioneer in urban planning will be recognised in a technical tour as part of the conference programme. 

The city is also home to the Urban planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS), a major player in the recent EU Human Cities project, which identified practice that challenges the way cities are co-designed, examining the way inhabitants (re)invent the constantly evolving contemporary city.

The RSA conference is also expected to bring representatives of top universities such as Cambridge, UK, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and Peking University, China as well as representatives from organisations such as the OECD, the World Bank and the EU Commission to Ljubljana.

Discussions will range across regional innovation and technological change; demography, labour markets and migrations; financing regional transformations; spatial economy, infrastructure and housing, climate change, energy and environmental sustainability; populism, nationalism and social change, and inclusive growth.

(via RSA)