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Maša Cvetko (ProstoRož, Ljubljana)

During my architecture studies I went to Barcelona for an exchange year and regardless of the fact that I spent so little time at the faculty the experience of the city significantly changed my view on architecture. I was wondering why I feel so good in this city and I realized that it was not one experience but series of many small experiences and details in the city that were influencing my feelings. For example, I was crazy about the rich sounds of the environment, the smell of the blooming orange trees on my street in spring, the different people sitting in the city squares and spending time together, but most of all the way people were proud of their city. I learned that the city is not something that you can plan, simplify and design to a degree that we were trained and taught to do at our architecture school. I learned that the city is much more like a living organism that has its body and physical structure - buildings, streets, squares - and something that makes it alive, that lives within it. It is the intersection of the two that makes it special. When I returned to Ljubljana I was wondering why, besides the high quality public space and ambient, the experience was not special. It was because we were not aware about the ways we can use our public spaces and we did not really care for them, but most of all we didn’t think of them as anything to be proud of. Then I started to talk about this with two colleagues of mine, Ana and Alenka (ProstoRož) and we started wondering how can change this and we all agreed that we have to raise the awareness about the potentials of these spaces. We started making collages with possible scenarios for some public spaces in Ljubljana which we found interesting and understated. We presented them to the municipality and they did not understand what we really intended to do, but this did not suppress our enthusiasm and after half a year of negotiations the interventions became a reality. Some of them were banal but visually attractive, since we wanted to bring the attention of the citizens to these places but also we wanted to show that sometimes just a very small intervention is needed to make a certain space more functional and pleasant. On the other hand if you do something in a

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