Ljubljana is an example among those cities which, over the past few decades, have joined the movement in Europe for recovering public spaces. To be highlighted particular is the Rearrangement of Ljubljanica riverbanks, joint winner of the 2012 Award. The renovation of the riverside areas of the River Ljubljanica as it flows through the old centre of the capital is fruit of a collective effort which, concentrating available resources in specific operations and optimising coordination between different developers and authors, has embraced Plečnik’s humanist dream and given it continuity. The banks are wholly accessible, both in the longitudinal sense of their embankments and in the transversal sense that the project establishes with the different types of adjoining urban fabric. A unitary public space and yet, at the same time, one that that is endowed with a profusion of special parts, the river now gives the old city centre sufficient power of attraction to counteract the centrifugal effects of urban sprawl.
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