The ReNewTown Final Conference in Ljubljana

2014-02-18

The ReNewTown Final Conference took place on 11 - 12 of February 2014 at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics (FELU) in Slovenia. The conference was held under the patronage of the Third President (2007-2012) of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Türk.

The conference was attended by the international experts in the field of urban regeneration, including both practitioners as well as academics. The Conference was successful in establishing a forum for exchange between academic researchers, urban planners and decision-makers. It provided a broader perspective on the competitiveness and attractiveness of post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe.

See also: http://konference.ef.uni-lj.si/renewtown/

 

     

     

     

     

DAY 1

SESSION ON IMPORTANCE OF CITIES with presentation of Yuri Kazepov (University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Italy), From Citizenship to Cit(y)zenship. Why are cities becoming more important?

SESSION ON RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSFORMATION with presentations:

Maximilian Mendel (REAS – residential advisors, Poland), Residential developers and post-socialist urban transformation in Central and Eastern Europe

Sasha Tsenkova, (University of Calgary, Canada), ReNew post-socialist cities: The future of housing estates and the nexus of economic and social capital

Andreja Cirman and Irena Ograjenšek (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, Slovenia), How to transform residential landscapes in post-socialist cities: Lessons in ‘supported voluntarism’ from the ReNewTown project

SESSION ON NEW ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONS OF POST-SOCIALIST BUILDINGS, PUBLIC SPACES, ESTATES AND/OR DISTRICT with presentations:
Christina Götz (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Ian Cooper, (Eclipse Research Consultants, United Kingdom), Krassimira Paskaleva-Shapira, (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) Small-scale projects and their potential for urban regeneration. Experiences from Eastern Germany

Magdalena Szmytkowska, Klaudia Nowicka (University of Gdansk, Poland) Neo-liberal reality in post-industrial waterfronts in the post-socialist city. The case of Tri-City, Poland

Domen Zupančič (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) Socio economic value of EU EEE funding / Case: Home for elderly people in Ljubljana Šiška as centre of generator of social life

SESSION ON PLANNING AND GOVERNANCE with presentation of Tuna Tasan-Kok (Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture), From post-socialism towards post-neoliberalism? Challenges and contradictions of planning and governance in new neoliberal cities

 

DAY 2

SESSION ON URBAN REVITALISATION with presentations:

Irena Ograjenšek, (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), ReNewTown models of urban revitalisation: An overview

Aidan Cerar, (Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region, Slovenia), More competitive, more attractive – two in one. The potential of creative economy as an urban regeneration force

SESSION ON VALUES, WELL-BEING AND SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE IN POST-SOCIALIST URBAN SETTLEMENTS with presentations:

Monika Vaškovičová, (Hnúšťa Agency for the development of the Gemer region, Slovakia), Values, standard of living and sustainable development of post-communist housing estates

Jana Barvíková, (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs, Prague, Czech Republic), Jižní Mesto – as a place to live from the perspective of two generations of its first inhabitants

Krassimira Paskaleva-Shapira, (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Ian Cooper, (Eclipse Research Consultants, Cambridge, United Kingdom), Christina Götz, (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Forming urban identities by re-interpreting heritage: The case of post-socialist Velenje

Tjaša Redek and Irena Ograjenšek, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, Slovenia, Improving intergenerational cohesion: A positive side-effect of the ReNewTown pilot action in Velenje

SESSION ON BRANDING AND URBAN TOURISM with presentations:

Jan Van der Borg, (KU Leuven, Belgium and University Ca’Foscari of Venice, Italy), The Touristic Potential of Urban Utopias

Ladeja Godina Košir, (The Heart of Slovenia / Giacomelli media Ltd, Slovenia), Sustainable story born from the need of community – The Heart of Slovenia

SESSION ON DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR POST-SOCIALIST CITIES with presentation ofGrzegorz Węcławowicz, (Polish Academy of Sciences, IGSO, Poland), The strategy challenge for post-socialist cities of Central Europe, concepts and theory versus practice

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