Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning | Number 8 | Year 2020 | ISSN 2350-3637


Alenka Fikfak: Research and Writing Creativity in 2020  Read more ...

Editor-in-charge / UL FA
The journal Igra ustvarjalnosti (Creativity Game) experienced all kinds of turning points in 2020 and its activities can be compared to the COVID epidemic and shifts that have gradually brought social life to a halt. Issue No. 7/2019 was extensive, consisting of content encompassing various fields, and promised to effectively continue into 2020. The journal’s purpose has never been merely to review and publish scientific content. Its very title indicates a multitude of additional content and presentations, which are mainly related to urbanistic and other spatial workshops. The locking and phasing out of society began in March, which is precisely the period when activities in connection with spatial studies are usually most intense. 2020 has largely taken away our scope of creativity; we have been left alone behind computer screens, with virtual socialising on Zoom, Teams, Webex and others. Things that seemed impossible in the spring months proved to be part of a normal working day in autumn and so the whole concept of living started to change. Human beings are fairly flexible, but where are we going really?

What have we created in the journal, despite constantly asking ourselves where are we going and what are we going to do in the near future? There was a great desire to present research work in scientific papers, and announcements with summaries of very diverse content showed that there would be enough material, even for 2021 and beyond. However, under the pressure of changing living standards, researchers have been facing all kinds of problems, too, causing our writing to gradually stop. For the same reason, I would like to express my special thanks to all the authors featured in this issue who devoted their energy and enabled the journal to come out, thus preventing once again the editorial board, based on seven years of voluntary work, from giving up. In September 2020, members of the editorial board co-organised and participated as authors in the City Street4 scientific conference. The conference took place on the Zoom platform, where we have also demonstrated the persistence and innovation of researchers desiring to share knowledge at an international level. Internationality has been transferred to different levels and in the form that we all share, while a screen has become our partner on the other side. The journal is thus still full of new internationality, social passivity, fatigue, and alienation. Yet this issue offers you topics such as urban recycling, overheating of streets, natural ventilation of buildings, construction waste, and the role of transport. They are connected by the context of the built environment, which is as diverse as all the locations or case studies mentioned in individual contributions.

During the first lockdown, which was fortunately in the spring months, when walks became a permanent feature of life, I was observing the space that was familiar to me and encountering details that raised new questions. One of the things, which I believe shows the recklessness of society, was to observe the empty Vrhnika - Brezovica section of the Primorska motorway while the “good” news broke about the expansion of the aforementioned motorway with a third lane. But who is that for? Have the writers of these news articles even asked themselves about the current situation, which may become permanent in quite a short time? Researchers and writers of scientifically objective texts, your work is truly growing in importance and it is your mission to remind society and to warn it of self-destruction. I encourage us to write and share scientifically objective reflections of content as well as essays with personal impressions of what is happening in our local and international environment. I hope that you will be inspired to write, and equally so, to enjoy reading stories from 2020, which are not, I’m pleased to say, related to epidemics and especially COVID-19. It is only the editorial that is dedicated to this topic, at least in this journal. 2020—definitely a different year!


Jernej Červek:
Sustainability Approaches to Urban Planning: Re-Cycling Urbanism
Creative Commons License IU/CG, 8/2020, 12-19.

Kristijan Lavtižar:
Fundamentals of Natural Ventilation in Buildings
Creative Commons License IU/CG, 8/2020, 20-27.

Jaka Veber:
Public Transportation as a Spatial Marker
Creative Commons License IU/CG, 8/2020, 46-53.

Short Scientific Articles

Špela Verovšek:
Neighbourhood Sustainability Assessment – The Aspect of Mobility and Connectivity
UDK: 711.581: 502.131.1 stran 54-59
Špela Verovšek:
A-PLACE: Linking Places Through Networked Artistic Practices
UDK: 711:7 stran 60-63
Gregor Čok, Gašper Mrak:
Spatial Distribution of Business Entities in Slovenia
UDK: 711.552(497.4):72.054 stran 64-66

Presentation, Workshops and Undergraduate Thesis

International Scientific Conference: City Street4 (CS4) page 68
The Klis Case 2020: Verticality | Connectivity | Lives page 74
»A Hidden Place« - A Student Workshop on Placemaking at the Bežigrad Construction Pit page 76
A (Mega) Event City for Everyone? The Paris 2024 Olympics page78
Tjaša Kogovšek: Design of reurbanization for the Koper city center: Urban regeneration in the Belvedere area page 84
Ana Mestnik: Sustainable Measures in Land Use Planning to Reduce the Erosion Hazard on Floodplain Areas page 88
Klemen Beličič: Proposal for a Regional Spatial Development Concept for Tourism in the Case of Bela krajina page 92

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