Ljubljana Renovates Republic Square
The Slovenian capital of Ljubljana has renovated its Republic Square. The national square will now facilitate pedestrians and cyclists only and will also provide a venue for future events. For half of a century the Republic Square (Trg Republike) located in the centre of the city in front of the Slovenian Parliament served as a parking surface.
The construction and renovation of the square platform and of the private underground garage took place at the same time. The square platform is based on the original plans of Slovenian architect, Edvard Ravnikar. The Square is paved with over a million cubes of Pohorje tonalit in strips and granite plates.
Ljubljana European Green Capital 2016 is finding various ways to discourage car use, especially in the city centre to promote more sustainable modes of transport. Ljubljana impressed the Jury by the significant transformation which has been made by the city in sustainability over the previous 10 – 15 years. This transformation has been achieved in areas including local transport and the pedestrianising of the city centre.