Struggle for Change – Process of Urban Transformation of Koroska Street in Maribor

Pogacar, Kaja (2017) Struggle for Change – Process of Urban Transformation of Koroska Street in Maribor. REAL CORP 2017 – PANTA RHEI – A World in Constant Motion. Proceedings of 22nd International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 549-560. ISSN 2521-3938

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The function of city streets has been in recent century mainly focused on the movement. This has often resulted in urban spaces dominated by motor vehicles to the extent that they failed to make a positive contribution to the quality of life in the city. Nevertheless, in recent decades a noticable effort has been made to change the use and design of city streets so they could host a broader variety of functions thus becoming more user-friendly and sustainable. However the process of introducing change is often considered long-term and difficult, accompanied with hot public debates. The purpose of this study is to highlight the broad range of the processes leading to substantial transformation and reuse of city streets, ranging from the political top-down approaches to the more recent bottom-up community led approaches using tactical urbanism. Theoretical part is supported by the casestudy presenting the processes and attempts of urban transformation of Koroška street in Maribor through the period of two decades. The study shows the multitude of approaches trying to redesign the oldest street in Maribor, ranging from classic urban planning, architectural competition, interdisciplinary approach in the frame of Actors of urban change project, toward tactical urbanism and monitoring of traffic flows within the European mobility week 2015. In conclusion, the transformation processes of city streets can be successfully supported by civil initiatives, but the most decisive factor remains a clear vision and determination to facilitate change by the public administration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maribor, European Mobility Week, streets for people, tactical urbanism, urban transformation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Maria Molnár
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2017 10:40
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 10:40

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