Janez Koželj

Vice-Mayor City of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Janez Koželj, born 1945 in Ljubljana, is a full professor at Ljubljana University’s Faculty of Architecture, where he lectures on urban design. He has been guest lecturer and mentor at numerous international urban planning workshops at home and abroad. Between 1974 and 1994 he was editor in chief of AB (Architectural Bulletin), an international magazine for architectural theory. Between 1980 and 1985 he worked at the Kras Group and Studio Znak. In his research work he systematically focuses on the study and development of operational methods in the design of the contemporary city.

His research has been published in books and in numerous scientific articles and presented at international meetings. In his professional work he verifies theoretical findings in urban studies of city development and restructuring projects for derelict urban areas. Amongst others, he has co-worked on the production of diverse developmental studies for Ljubljana, Maribor, Koper, Celje, Nova Gorica, Rogaška Slatina, Slovenska Bistrica, Lucija, Ruše, Ajdovščina, Črnomelj, Rijeka and Vienna. He has won several first prizes in competitions and awards for artistic achievement. He has exhibited at the presentations of Slovenian contemporary architecture in Europe and America.

His work has been showcased many times in domestic and foreign architectural reviews. Some of his books include ‘The typology of urban residential architecture and its reciprocity with the morphology of the city space’, ‘DUO, degraded urban areas’ and the architectural guidebooks ‘Plečnik’s Ljubljana’, ‘Plečnik’s Slovenia’ and ‘Plečnik abroad’ (co-authors A. Hrausky, D. Prelovšek) as well as “The Architecture of Ljubljana” (co-author A. Hrausky).

His most important realised projects include a commercial-residential block on Poljanska Street in Ljubljana (1988), the Poljane gymnastics hall in Ljubljana (1991), a residential building in the Novi Tabor area in Ljubljana (1991), a group of residential buildings in Graz, Austria (1998), the Portoval entertainment and commercial centre in Novo Mesto (2003; co-author Jože Jaki) and the Črni Kal viaduct (2004; co-author and constructor M. Pipenbaher).

The goal of the new term of office is to move from development to the protective policies of sustainable cities. This means moving towards achieving sustainable mobility, sustainable construction and a sustainable urban economy in line with sustainable principles and environmental responsibility. The Ilovica sustainable neighbourhood, the Hrušica ecological village and the Podgorica low-carbon development will introduce residents to a new lifestyle following principles of self-sacrifice and moderation, and common concern for a clean environment and to help the needy. Urban gardens will provide a self-sufficient city with fresh vegetables and fruit. City policies will be oriented towards preservative, social and commercial restoration of the heart of the city, to the energetic, traffic, landscaped and programmed regeneration of residential areas for every generation, the rejuvenation of roads and bridges, the renewal of communal infrastructure, the regeneration of public spaces, green areas and footpaths, and the regeneration of villages and the countryside. There will be green bookkeeping introduced to the City of Ljubljana administration for efficient energy management of municipal public buildings, and a Department of Sustainable Mobility and a Parks Administration will be set up, while city gardeners, urban foresters and environmental wardens will be introduced.