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Cross-border region Graz-Maribor: challenges and potentials of integration processes
Kaja Pogačar, Metka Sitar, 2009, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: The paper outlines the spatial development of the cross-border region between the two cities - Graz (Austria) and Maribor (Slovenia) - with regard to the integration processes in the past, present and future. First, the analyses of the past, when both parts of the region shared the national border, will be discussed. It will emphasize the consequences of the ćborder effectć, which are mostly characterised by growing intensification of urbanization alongside the main transport axis, the emergence of new 'urban nods', and the gradual urban sprawl in the hinterland. For decades, the area has been generating various integration processes of economic, social and cultural collaboration, which were in most cases partly financed by the European Union (EU). In 2004, after Slovenia joined the EU, some traditional relationships started to perform in the opposite way, demonstrating the gradually diminishing rate of commuter flows, especially those of shopping tourism. However, the current regional development is characterised by strong efforts for balancing the economic, social and cultural standards on both sides of the cross-border region. The paper aims to identify these new dynamics of intraregional interactions as potentials for future developments.
Keywords: spatial development, cross-border regions, border regions, new urban nodes, case study, Graz, Maribor
Published: 31.05.2012; Views: 901; Downloads: 17
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Public lighting in the communicative urban context
Melita Rozman Cafuta, 2010, review article

Abstract: The article explores holistic approach of understanding the importance of lighted urban environment. The city at night is quite diff erent from the city during the daytime. In the evening, att ention is focused on the eff ect of the light; during the daytime it is the support structure that plays a partin determining the public appearance. The requirements for the successful lighting are: visibility of objects that ensure safety and orientation, recognition of traffi c situation, the ability to create comfort and well being, limited or shielded light brightness, and suitable color of the light to the surrounding and visible role in social interaction. Considering all demands a city has an att ractive and inviting appearance, even after dark. The lighting creates a pleasant atmosphere, but should not dominate. On the other side, even qualitative created artifi cial light has some negative environment burden usually called light pollution. The article presents some possibilities to achieve the balance between realization of positive lighting aspects and improvement of negative illumination eff ects.
Keywords: public lightning, urban development
Published: 31.05.2012; Views: 827; Downloads: 16
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Improving city transport with the objective to reduce CO2 emissions
Marjan Sternad, Matjaž Knez, Bojan Rosi, 2010, original scientific article

Abstract: In the past few years traffic volume is increasing. As a consequence, negative external traffic effects are increasing too, in particular CO2 emissions, which result in global warming and climate changes. CO2 emissions, a by-product of vehicles are much higher in cities due to traffic density. According to European standards, Celje is not a large city; however its traffic poses a great problem that the city authorities will soon be confronted with. This paper focuses on the city centre of Celje, where traffic flow was measured and CO2 emissions calculated. Using alternative solutions the aim was to present impacts on the environment in the municipality of Celje in an event of changed traffic regimes. In order to reach the guidelines of sustainable transport development in the municipality of Celje, in the future, different measures for reducing negative external effects of city transport will have to be put into force, for only this way the quality of city life can be improved and compatibility of environmental, economic and social objectives provided.
Keywords: city transport, traffic effects, CO2 emmisions, sustainable development, urban environment, systemic approach
Published: 05.06.2012; Views: 1626; Downloads: 41
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Current suburbanisation trends in the Czech Republic and spatial transformation of retail
Pavel Ptáček, Zdeněk Szczyrba, 2007, original scientific article

Abstract: The main topic of the article is commercial suburbanisation in the Czech Republic on the example of changes in retail. In the first part it is described the mechanism of suburbanisation, its causes, forms and social, economic and ecological consequences. In the next part we deal with the transition of retail, its spatial dimension with special regard to suburbanisation process. Spatial changes in retail on the example of Olomouc and their causes and consequences are described.
Keywords: suburbanisation, retail, Czech Republic, Olomouc, cities, urban development, spatial development, retail
Published: 13.03.2018; Views: 188; Downloads: 58
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The significance of regional planning
Andrej Černe, 2008, review article

Abstract: The article is a short summary of lectures at the 1st International Summer School GEOREGNET held at Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor in Maribor 23 September, 2008. The aim of the lecture was to discuss some of the basic dilemmas about the role of regional planning in a contemporary society within the context of market economy.
Keywords: regional planning, urban planning, regional development
Published: 13.03.2018; Views: 275; Downloads: 34
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Agropolitana: countryside and urban sprawl in the Veneto region (Italy)
Viviana Ferrario, 2009, review article

Abstract: In the Veneto central plane, historically shaped by agriculture, the countryside is being taken over by a particular form of urban sprawl, called città diffusa (dispersed city), where cities, villages, single houses and industries live alongside agriculture. This phenomenon is generally analyzed mainly as a typical urban/rural conflict, and the sprawl gets criticized as a countryside destroyer. By observing some paradoxical situations in the città diffusa in Veneto, the contrary is apparent – urban sprawl seems to have been rather a conservation factor for the ecological and cultural richness of the agricultural space. Agricultural space itself plays an important multifunctional role in this territory. If seen from this point of view, dispersed urbanization in the Veneto region can be seen as a sort of prototype of a new contemporary form - neither urban nor rural – of cultural landscape, where farming spaces can have a public role strictly linked to the urban population's needs. Can this character be preserved through the metropolization process now envisaged by regional policy and planning, and already happening? Can the “Agropolitana” concept introduced by the new Regional Spatial Plan help to imagine and obtain a resilient metropolis, while maintaining a strong agricultural layer inside it?
Keywords: urban sprawl, città diffusa, agricultural landscape, agropolitan development
Published: 26.03.2018; Views: 229; Downloads: 39
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Urban development of Bratislava
Vladimir Tóth, 2012, original scientific article

Abstract: This paper deals with 14 years of urban development in Bratislava, especially aimed at the suburbanization processes. The main subject of this paper is to find the spatial shape of suburbanization in that case, the intensity of suburbanization and the regularities suburbanization occurs under. Furthermore, the main goal of this paper supposes suburbanization to be dynamic and changing throughout the derived time framework. Confirmation of this has to be done together by theoretical and empirical knowledge. All above mentioned assumptions have been confirmed.
Keywords: Bratislava, migrations, suburbanization, stages, urban development
Published: 10.04.2018; Views: 187; Downloads: 47
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