A new paper by Jelena Zlatar Gamberožić, Ph.D. “Revitalization paths of urban centers: tentative observational comparison of two cities – Ljubljana and Zagreb“ was published in the journal Družboslovne razprave, 35 (90).

In this paper, a comparison is made between two post-socialist countries (Slovenia and Croatia), namely, their capital cities (Ljubljana and Zagreb). The research aims to establish the main principles and difficulties of revitalisation in each city and how successfully they have moved from socialist to democratic urban planning. The research hypothesis is that Ljubljana has been comprehensively revitalised according to relevant revitalisation guidelines, whereas in Zagreb the revitalisation has been partial and largely affected by the interests of investors and their political partners. The study uses semi-structured interviews conducted with various spatial planning experts and pertinent documentation. It confirms the hypothesis, examines successes and failures experienced in both cities’ transition process, and reflects on general problems of urban planning and revitalisation in post-socialist countries.

The paper is available at the link: http://idiprints.knjiznica.idi.hr/838/.