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The Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia is the central national research institute for spatial planning, urban design and related disciplines. It was established in 1955. The Institute's multidisciplinary team includes architects, urban planners, geographers, sociologists, landscape architects, economists, computer science experts.

The research agenda includes basic and applied research; planning and design; consultancy; education and training; publishing, library- documentation services and an information support system. The main fields of activity are: spatial planning, regional development, urban design, planning and development; housing studies; environmental studies; and information decision support system for spatial planning.

The Institute's international activities date back to the late 1960s commencing with a major Yugoslav-American project in Regional and Urban Planning Studies, followed by various OECD and UNDP, UNESCO, CURB and URBINNO projects. The Institute is a member of several international organisations (IFHP; AESOP; IAHS; ENHR etc.) and has through the years established professional links with universities and other institutions throughout Europe, USA and Japan.

Recent comparative projects have been carried out in co-operation with research institutes and universities - e.g. LSE; United Nations University; Oxford Brookes University; Delft University of Technology; Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (Dresden), Institute for Regional Planning (Vienna); Metropolitan Research Institute (Budapest). Several current projects are included in EU programmes (5th Framework Projects, Phare CBC, Interreg II C). The Institute provides assistance and dissemination of research results to local communities facing new challenges.