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!