Institute for Spatial Policies

Objectives

The Institute for Policies of Space is an independent research institution and a think tank. Our purpose is to achieve synergies across a range of disciplines and practises dealing with space and place. Issues of space and place are often examined by various theories and practices, although the spatial dimension is often of secondary importance. The Institute, however, takes as its starting point the role of space and builds on linking the individual theories and practices through the concept of space, developing an awareness of the spatial dimension and testing the possibilities to guide policies of space.
Policies of space include the spatial effects of interactions between individuals, groups and institutions in a space and the effects of space on these interactions. Interactions can be physical, economic, cultural and social. In their nature they are dynamic, permanently in negotiation and thus political. They involve a physical articulation of space on the one hand and an articulation of practices, cultures and identities through space on the other.

Founding of the Institute

The Institute was officially founded as a private institution on 1 March 2006 and was registered on 29 May 2006. The founders are: Blaž Križnik, Marko Peterlin, Peter Šenk and Tadej Žaucer. The Institute is a non-profit organization registered by the Slovenian Research Agency.

Contact

Inštitut za politike prostora/Institute for Spatial Policies, Tržaška 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. T: +386 (0)590 63 682, E: ipop at ipop.si


People

Institute Board

BARBARA GOLIČNIK, Ph.D. (UIRS, Ljubljana)
Barbara Goličnik has been awarded the degree of PhD in landscape architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University, UK. She is a researcher at the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, where she is mainly involved in multidisciplinary national as well as international studies and projects concerned with environment-behaviour issues in the context of urban planning and open public space design.

BLAŽ KRIŽNIK, Ph.D.
After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Ljubljana, he continued his studies at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam, where he spent two years as a researcher. He has finished his PhD degree in sociology of everyday life at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. He is visiting professor at the University of Seoul, Department of Urban Sociology.

PETER MEDICA (Decoma Ljubljana)
After obtaining Master Degree in Economics from the University of Ljubljana, he became employed as a researcher and assistant for economic and social development at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. Currently he is working in a private company Decoma. He's involved in regional development and collaborates with the Development Centre Maribor.

MARKO PETERLIN
After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Ljubljana, and several years of working as a practising architect he enrolled at the Technical University of Catalonia, where he obtained a Master's Degree in Architecture and Urban Culture. He then went on to work at the Slovene Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning in Ljubljana where his work focused on European spatial planning policies and strategic spatial planning, above all in connection with transport planning. He collaborates with the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport.

PETER ŠENK
He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Ljubljana. After working as an architect for several years, he continued his studies at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam where he completed his Master's Degree. He runs the Studio Stratum in Ljubljana which deals with projects in the fields of architecture and urbanism. With his platform, FWC – First World Camp, he is active in the arts and social criticism. He collaborates with the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam and the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.

MATJAŽ URŠIČ, Ph.D. (FDV, University of Ljubljana)
He is employed as a researcher at the Centre for Spatial Sociology, at the Faculty of Social Sciences, doing research in the fields of spatial and environmental issues. He is currently involved in an analysis of spatial and environmental values of the population of Slovenia and Europe, research on the interaction between the urban environment and its immediate and distant surroundings, and an analysis of new spatial trends of suburbanisation, deurbanisation and (de)hierarchisation of settlement systems.

TADEJ ŽAUCER
Before obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Ljubljana, he spent some time at the Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio, Switzerland. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked as an architect. He is currently finishing an interdisciplinary postgraduate course in Spatial and Urbanistic Planning at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana where he is employed. He collaborates with the Department of Landscape Architecture, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana.

Advisory Board

MARGITA JANČIČ (MOP)
VIDA OGORELEC WAGNER (Umanotera)
Doc. ELEN TWRDY, Ph.D. (FPP, University of Ljubljana)

Administration

MARKO PETERLIN, director

Associates

AIDAN CERAR, associate
ANA KOSI, associate
TOMAŽ MIKLAVČIČ, associate
MAJA SIMONETI, MA., associate


Areas

Areas of Activity

The activities of the institute reflect the interrelations of theories and practices. The former ensure an understanding of policies of space and mostly encompass research activities. The latter ensure the guiding of policies of space and encompass various activities including planning, consulting, expert networking and the implementation of educational activities.

Areas of Expertise

Spatial planning policies
Transport planning
Strategic spatial planning
Cross-cultural research of urbanisation
Public space research
Research on urban movements
Identity theory and spatial semantics


Library

Online Papers and Publications

KRIŽNIK, Blaž (2009): Urban change and local culture: responses to urban renewal in Wangsimni. The Journal of Seoul Studies 37 (4/2009).
KRIŽNIK, Blaž (2008): Poljane reinvented: Social cohesion and collective space. V Ilka Čerpes et al (eds.), Poljane, Extended City Centre. Ljubljana: MOL.
KRIŽNIK, Blaž (2007): Restoration of Cheonggye stream in Seoul: global cities and collective space. Družboslovne razprave 55 (9/2007).
PETERLIN, Marko, Janja Kreitmayer Mckenzie (2007): The Europeanization of spatial planning in Slovenia. Planning Practice and Research 22 (3/2007).
PETERLIN, Marko (2005): Emergent Patterns in Urban Form, CUPUM 05. London: University College London.
PETERLIN, Marko (2005): Design of Processes. Embracing Complexity in Design Workshop. London: University College London.
URŠIČ, Matjaž (2008): Arhitekture bolečine – izkustvo bolečine in uveljavljanje telesu neprilagojenih družbenoprostorskih estetskih praks. Teorija in praksa 57 (1/2008).
URŠIČ, Matjaž (2001): Kartografi postmodernizma: vpliv kritične infrastrukture na subjektivno dojemanje prostora. Teorija in praksa 38 (5/2001).

Documents

National Seminar on Urban Mobility, Ljubljana, 17.4.2008 (summary)

Data Center

ESPON Database Public Files, www.espon.eu
European Urban Knowledge Network, www.eukn.org
Eurostat, europa.eu.int
SI-STAT, www.stat.si

Links

Archis SEE Network, www.seenetwork.org
Community-Based Natural Resource Management, www.cbnrm.net
Department of Urban Sociology, University of Seoul, english.uos.ac.kr
European Spatial Planning Observation Network, www.espon.eu
Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia, www.mop.gov.si
Poper, Studio for Communications in Public Space, www.poper.si
Seoul Development Institute, www.sdi.re.kr
Trajekt, Association for Spatial Culture, www.trajekt.org
UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, www.casa.ucl.ac.uk
URBACT, urbact.eu
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, www.uirs.si


Projects

2009

URBACT POINT
Slovene dissemination point for the URBACT programme. In partnership with Trajekt.

NETWORK FOR SPACE
Project is partly financed by European Union, European Social Fund.

PROCESS PLAN FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN PREPARATION OF NATIONAL SPATIAL PLAN
Clients: Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning and REC Slovenia

REGIONAL GOVERNANCE IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBALISATION
Clients: European Commission, DG REGIO and SWECO, Sweden

2008

ANALYSIS OF GROWTH RESOURCES AND SCENARIOS FOR MODELING OF FUNCTIONAL REGIONS
Lead partner: University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Civil Engineering, clients: Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy and Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning

SUPPORT FOR LOCAL INITIATIVES
In collaboration with Trajekt, Poper and CBNRM Net and with support of EGP and Norwegian financial mechanisms.

LECTURE SERIES ON URBAN MOBILITY
In collaboration with the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia

EXPERT SUPPORT TO THE SLOVENIAN EU PRESIDENCY IN THE FIELDS OF TERRITORIAL COHESION AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Client: Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning

PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS; CASE STUDY OF PASSENGER CENTER LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
Client: SWECO, Sweden

STUDY ON REGIONAL EXPENDITURE OF THE ERDF AND CF IN 2000-2006
Clients: European Commission, DG REGIO and SWECO, Sweden

THE POTENTIAL FOR REGIONAL POLICY INSTRUMENTS, 2007-2013, TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LISBON AND GÖTEBORG OBJECTIVES FOR GROWTH, JOBS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Clients: European Commission, DG REGIO and Nordregio, Sweden

2007

LECTURE SERIES ON EU URBAN POLICY
In co-operation with the Representation of European Commission in Slovenia

REVIEW OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY CONTEXT FOR THE UPDATE OF SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY OF SLOVENIA
Client: Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning

PREPARATORY STUDY FOR POSAVJE ECONOMIC PLATFORM
Client: Omegaconsult d.o.o.

LJUBLJANA IN CONTEXT, IMPLEMENTATION OF LJUBLJANA GROWTH POLICIES ON DIFFERENT LEVES OF REGIONAL INTERACTIONS
Client: Municipality of Ljubljana

2006

AB LANDBRIDGE
Client: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of of Maritime Studies and Transport