Urbani izziv Volume 26, No. supplement, November 2015
Petra Vertelj Nared
Ljubljanski urbanistični zavod, d.d., Slovenia
Alma Zavodnik Lamovšek
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Chair of Spatial Planning, Slovenia
Public Open Space as a Contribution to Urban Development in Small Slovenian Cities
The article focuses on public open space (POS) in small Slovenian cities . It highlights the importance of planning and designing high-quality, diverse POSs, which contribute to the quality of life and urban development in cities. POS is seen as a key physical element of a city and is defined as a non-built urban space that is, under equal terms, accessible to all. The article focuses on both green areas and civic space. Results derive from a physical analysis and survey conducted during research for a doctoral dissertation. Ten small Slovenian cities are selected, where detailed physical analysis and surveys were carried out. Designing high-quality POS for everyday activities is highlighted. The results show that the inhabitants most frequently use POS when going about their everyday business. The article highlights the importance of designing various types of POS for urban development of cities.
public open space, quality of life, urban development, small cities, use of public open space, spatial planning