realms of urban design

mapping sustainability


Nevena Novaković (ed)
University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy
Janez P Grom (ed)
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture
Alenka Fikfak (ed)
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture


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The traditional thematic realms of urban design, such as liveability, social interaction, and quality of urban life, considered to be closely related to urban form and specifically to public space, have long since been recognised as important, and have given the discipline a certain identity. The book Realms of Urban Design: Mapping Sustainability is certainly rooted in this fundamental urban design thinking, but its main contribution belongs to the second part of the book’s title – discourse on sustainability. Its chapters, considered as a whole, put forward the importance of the discipline and the designerly way of thinking in the context of the discussion about unprecedented environmental transformation.

The eleven chapters of the book represent the major sustainability concerns that the authors have seen as being related to the urban design discipline in their specific professional and environmental contexts. Therefore, the chapters as an entity could be seen as an act of mapping the sustainability issues that are coming “from the front” of urban design research and practice at the universities involved in the project Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments (KLABS). They show disciplinary, mostly methodological, concerns with the larger scales in comparison to those of the neighbourhoods and public space that are traditionally connected to urban design; with the collective or common nature of urban space; and with the distinctive, underused spaces coming not only as a legacy of the 20th century, but also as an important by-product of contemporary economic trends.


  • Sustainability vs. Resilience in Urban Design
    Janez P Grom, Alenka Fikfak, Urša Kalčič
  • The Scale of Urban
    World Urbanisation and Architectural Reactions
    Nevena Novaković, Anita Milaković
  • Abilities and Attitudes for Sustainable City Creation
    Contemporary Arguments for a Non- Linear Learning Methodology
    Juan Luis Rivas Navarro
  • Sustainable, Green, Smart and Open City
    Rethinking Mostar
    Maja Popovac, Amra Šarančić Logo, Andrea Čordaš
  • Urban Form in the Context of Sustainability and Resilience
    Dijana Simonović
  • Informal Rooting
    Informal Permanences in the Contemporary City
    Alessandro Tessari
  • Urban Resilience in the Suburbs
    Urban Acupuncture
    Boštjan Bugarič
  • Participatory Revitalisation of Urban Public Open Space
    Urban Planners’ Skills Needed for Improvement of Urban Public Spaces in Participatory Manner
    Matej Nikšič
  • The Concept of Sustainability in the Context of Brownfields Regeneration
    Tanja Trkulja
  • The Revival of Industrial Heritage
    Business and Production Complex “Trepča”
    Ružica Božović, Džemila Beganović
  • Spatial Regulation for Change
    Business Zones as Areas of Continuous Transformation
    Gregor Čok


built environment, business, industrial heritage, informal rooting, resilience, sustainability, sustainable development, transformation, urban design, urban development, urban form, urbanisation, urban landscape, urban planning


15 July 2018


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