The future of placemaking:  Mapping the way forward for a better society
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The future of placemaking: Mapping the way forward for a better society

International Symposium, May 8th 2023, Museum of Architecture and Design, MAO, Rusjanov trg 7, Ljubljana

Placemaking refers to the inclusive process of creating and improving public spaces to promote health, happiness, and well-being for individuals and communities. Creating vibrant, accessible, and inclusive public spaces is crucial for building a sense of community and fostering social cohesion. Placemaking can help to create attractive, safe and welcoming spaces where people from diverse backgrounds can come together, interact, and build relationships. If properly designed, such places can also mitigate the challenges of contemporary societies, such as social alienation, mobility issues, impacts of climate change etc. Placemaking can also be an economic driver by attracting new visitors, supporting small businesses, and increasing property values.

This symposium aims to address various aspects of contemporary placemaking through the lectures of the invited speakers and by providing the podium for the exchange of thoughts and ideas on the ways forward for placemaking.

Due to the limited number of places at the venue please register at

Alternatively, you can join online at (registration not needed in this case): LINK TO THE ONLINE EVENT.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Matej Nikšič, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia; Neža Čebron Lipovec, University of Primorska; Tim Mavrič, Innorenew CoE; Zsuzsanna Varga, University of Glasgow; Pekka Tuominen, University of Helsinki

This symposium is organised as part of the COST Action CA18204 - Dynamics of placemaking and digitization in Europe´s cities ( training school METHODOLOGIES FOR RESEARCHING PLACE-MAKING PROCESSES IN CONTESTED HISTORIC SPACES” taking place in Ljubljana and Koper, Slovenia, from May 8 to May 12 2023, co-organised by the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, University of Primorska and Innorenew. Contact the above-mentioned e-address for more information on the programme of the symposium (May 8) and the workshop activities (May 9-12).


9:00 – 9:10 Introductions by representatives of COST CA18204 and local host

9:10 – 9:50 Janez Koželj: Pedestrianization, a catalyst for urban regeneration

9:50 – 10:30 Leandro Madrazo: A-Place - Linking places through networked artistic practices

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:40 Neža Čebron Lipovec: Group memory-talk: a new ethnographic method in built heritage conservation between heritagisation and place-making

11:40 – 12:20 Zala Velkavrh: Urban Interventions

12:20 – 13:00 Branka Cvijetićanin: Pedestrian viewpoint or how space forms life narrative

13:00 – 13:30 Final discussion

Programme continues for COST Action CA18204 members and speakers, others can join upon a prior request sent to

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch at MAO

14:30 – 15:30 UNIVERSUM PLEČNIK: Between Workshop and Myth – guided tour of the MAO exhibition by Natalija Lapajne, co-curator 

15:30 – 17:00 Ljubljana bicycling tour guided by prof. Janez Koželj (the bicycles will be kindly provided by BicikeLJ)

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