Worhshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Redirecting Forces

On a larger scale and intermediate-term there seems to be a need some planning interventions which mostly affect traffic and the spacial connection of Šiška the other parts of the city. Also the spacial and functional organization of the area should aim at mixing uses (live/work) to create spaces that encourage social interaction on several levels.

Strong forces in the area:
  • Union Factory (barrier to the city centre )
  • Tivoli (huge events)
  • Parking problem (commuters and Tivoli events)
  • Celovška Street (disconnecting Šiška from Rožnik Hill)
  • Railways (boundary to Bezigrad)
Strategies for redirecting forces by Planning Interventions:
  • Regeln für die Hautstraßen aufstellen
  • setting rules for major roads
  • defining point of pedestrian crossings (connection to the city)
  • shaping the urban fabric by defining zones of different use inviting the mayor

Connection to surrounding areas

New public transportation stops/stations could be developed as multifunctional infrastructure points, including pedestrian crossings:
  • new tram Celovška Boulevard station as bridge/connection to Tivoli and Rožnik Hill
  • -new train station as crossing to the neighboring district Bežigrad (Future Islamic Centre)
  • the suggested „Kino Mojca Cultural Centre“ could be connected, to the new train station

Green View

To improve the public space along Celovška Boulevard it should be opened up at its most narrow part. This would also connect Šiška to the Rožnik Hill, making the close-by green area more accessible.

Urban Islands

The idea of URBAN ISLANDS is inspired by the two existing big blocks north of the factory. More urban islands could be created by setting rules for new developments, which would have to integrate existing buildings (at least partly) and form large blocks with inner courtyards. To generate diversity the blocks have to combine working an living.

Urban Infill

The abandoned building site could be partly used for housing an as a public square. The revenue of the sale of the part for building houses would finance the installation of the public square an its maintenance.

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