2016 / Vision of Murska Sobota / A – sites

​Vision of spatial development for the city of Murska Sobota

Small Slovenian cities have been going through a similar process of urban development. They have been growing from deliberate decisions of pre-war industrialization and urban development towards unwisely and uncontrolled expansion of housing and industry along the city edges. At the same time, the importance of car transit grew bigger and bigger, taking over large areas of public space. General health situation among the residents became worse.

The same has happened with the city of Murska Sobota. The city is surrounded by a belt of shopping malls and abandoned industrial sites. City centre is emptying, public services are retreating to the outskirts. Public space is dominated by motor traffic and therefore hostile towards pedestrians and cyclists.

Nowadays, the cities are becoming aware of mistakes that were made in terms of spatial development. They are struggling to regenerate in accordance with measures of current sustainable city development practices: renewal, densification and revitalization. Key guidelines for Murska Sobota’s vision of spatial development are: healthy city, self-sufficient city and city with a distinctive identity. Measures that were proposed to achieve these goals are: improve mobility with systematic renewal of open public space, achieve self-sufficiency at the field of energetics / nourishment and regain local identity through recognition of local features and product development.

According to goals, six key projects were selected and developed. All projects are focusing on spatial solutions and are based on community practice, economy of share and social innovations. One of the main messages of the “Vision of spatial development for the city of Murska Sobota” is the importance of integration of local residents and wide range of experts in the spatial planning process.


Students of Studio II

Vid Bogovič, Eva Celinšek, Vlasta Damjanovič, Lara Gligić, Jure Gubanc, Andraž Hudoklin, Pia Kante, Marko Klemen, Saša Kolman, Andrej Kos, Tina Kralj, Maša Legat, Martina Lovrić, Andreja Majnik, Katja Mali, Tanja Murko, Neža Novšak, Nataša Remic, Nik Rozman, Maruša Šubic, Nives Vavtar

University of Ljubljana| Biotechnical faculty | Landscape architecture department | 2nd year Master programme | subject Studio II

mentor: doc. Darja Matjašec

assistant: Nejc Florjanc

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