Preserving the Architectural Heritage of 20th Century and Sustainable Urban Development

Modernist neighbourhoods were created with a high degree of technical and technological skills, with a great sense of the aesthetic, and with a lot of empathy for the needs of ordinary people (social responsibility). Residential buildings with cautiously thought-out apartment solutions, carefully positioned into large public green areas, provide an opportunity to identify the qualities of the built environment that are essential for pleasant living. Recognition and respect of the values of a particular settlement are crucial for appropriate public relation to modernist neighbourhoods. We would like to prepare a toolkit for direct users, that is, inhabitants of neighbourhoods or multi-dwelling buildings, and also for building managers, which will contribute to a (gradual) transformation (mainly due to improper maintenance degraded) modernist neighbourhoods into the attractive urban areas of high-quality. Through our platform that will include also some examples of good practise, we’ll try to show possible ways, how modernist neighbourhoods can be transformed into desirable places to live, how they can be adapted to the modern way of life and new necessities, while at the same time maintaining their original appearance, authenticity and integrity, and how can this be achieved.

The talk is a part of the Open Education Design Workshop 2019 event filmed and produced by Videolectures.NET.


Kaja Lipnik Vehovar

After completing her studies at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana in 1996, Kaja Lipnik Vehovar worked in various architectural offices. She has been working as a project manager and a leading architect in the architectural studio Kubusarhitektura since 2002. In 2015 she enrolled in doctoral studies Economics and Techniques for the Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage, University of Nova Gorica. The subject of her PhD dissertation concerns the built heritage of the 20th century in Ljubljana with an emphasis on urban and architectural planning during the periods of social transformations, particularly the relationship between open spaces and built structures. 


Geoffrey Cain

Geoffrey Cain is an consultant (GBC Education Consulting) who facilitates projects in instructional design, curriculum development, elearning, open pedagogy, OER, and anything else that will help broaden access to education. He is also a former community college instructor in English and Adult Basic Education.  Specialties: Instructional design, elearning, teaching, open education resources, professional development, collaborative learning, Connectivism.