Urban design in Ljubljana | Journal
April 19, 2013 1 Comment
The first time I really ever heard anything about Ljubljana was when my parents went there for a conference in 2004. They were expecting a soviet-style Khrushchyovka city, drab and gray. And on the outskirts of the city, that’s what they found; but in the center they found Ljubljana’s ancient center, well preserved despite earthquakes, redevelopment, and simple age. I’ve since read about Ljubljana’s redevelopment after the 1895 earthquake and the works of Jose Plecnik, including the Triple Bridge pictured above.
I would love to visit the city someday, but for now, I would check out this post on Node Urban Design’s blog. In addition to the ancient narrow streets, which have lent themselves very well to biking and pedestrian transit, Ljubljana has a number of programs that are at the cutting edge of urban life, including extensive bikeshare and public recycling campaigns. they even detail some more contemporary design happening beyond the Khrushchyovkas. Ljubljana may not be on the tip of your tongue when thinking of Europes great cities, but is definitely worth a look.