Urbani izziv Volume 15, No. 1, June 2004
Tadeja ZUPANČIČ STROJAN
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana, Slovenia
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Renewal of the Slovene housing stock in view of European spatial networks
Following analyses of development prospects offered by trends in supra-regional material and immaterial communication, recollection about issues in renewal of the Slovene housing stock is becoming a very dynamic dimension. The polarised space of traditional, authentic identity and space of multiple, rapidly changing variety is beginning to reach the limits of its dimension and is calling for renewed search for balance. Similar observations apply to the polar concept of centres and peripheral areas that feed the former, whatever the physical scale of discussion. Our contribution therefore deals with the search for dynamic balance between inevitable globalisation processes and survival of local space. Conscious balancing of extreme trends and respect for multiple, not necessarily economic or nature conservation dimensions of sustainability, but also wider cultural ones in any physical scale, can help in establishing dynamic balance. Comparison between results of two goal-oriented national research-development programmes points out that Slovenian physical planning policies stands before a responsible task, which is, how to balance development trends, not only on the national and regional, but also sub-regional, and above all the local level.
architecture, communication, degraded areas, housing stock, renewal, Slovenia, social-physical changes, urbanism