Peter Šenk, Kaja Pogačar
TRACKING CONTEMPORARY STREETSCAPE TRANSFORMATION PROCESSES – TWO CASE STUDIES FROM SLOVENIA


This paper examines the transformation processes of city streets that have  until recently been characterised by intense motor traffic, but which are currently undergoing, or are scheduled for, transformation into more people-friendly and high-quality urban environments, supporting the goals of sustainable mobility. The paper aims to track recent streetscape transformation processes in two selected examples from Slovenia, the first one from Ljubljana (Slovenska Street), and the second from Maribor (Koroška Street), while also presenting them in multi-layered timelines. The transformation processes, usually complex and long lasting are supported through the use of different tools. The timelines are focused on presenting the relationship between the transformation tools used and their effectiveness; the latter quality can be measured by the type and duration of the intervention, the participation mode and the mobility intensity. Moreover, our case studies show the multitude of viable tools and their impacts on space within the same legislative, political and cultural environment. While these case studies are Slovenia-specific, the lessons gleaned from them can be applicable broadly.