“Cities are an immense laboratory of trial and error, failure and success, in city building and city design. This is the laboratory in which city planning should have been learning and forming and testing its theories.” Although referring to the orthodox city planning of the 1950s, Jane Jacobs‘ remark still provides us with a sound approach to current urban problems.
Departing from this paradigm, the research attempts to envision an alternate future for Zagreb on the basis of its rich urban experience. A hypothesis is made that selective revival and adaptation of past urban policies can provide instruments and strategies for the improvement of urban quality in Zagreb. Following the analysis of current procedural and actor-related problems, possible improvements on present urban policies are found through a revision of Zagreb’s dynamic and rich urban history.
Three distinctive urban neighbourhoods representing specific urban policy paradigms and different urban structures are analysed. Past urban policies correlating with current problems are given special attention. Throughout this assessment, a set of strategies for improved urban quality and socially sustainable development of the city are made.
Made at the ETH Wohnforum, with support of the Swiss Government Scholarship.
Available at the ETH Baubibliothek.