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The proposals or A-pla(y)ce interventions were now presented by students to the local community representatives and exhibited in the neighbourhood community place. The event was followed by a lively d

Posted on 21/05/30

Students' proposals • discussions

In the last segment of the workshop course students collected and synthesised all the knowledge and information gained in previous sessions – from theoretical knowledge and references to actual

Posted on 21/05/29

Guest lecture and consultations: Playscapes • Creativity and Safety

The workshop process has now gradually reached the design phase. Students insight into the alleys structure, children’s behaviour and parents or teachers’ opinions have progressively matur

Posted on 21/05/25

What adults say…

After getting an insight into what children have to “say” by play, students were now invited to ask the adults as well! Different interview techniques were used to reach various users, fro

Posted on 21/05/22

Playing with kids & challenging wits!

Students were now invited to pilot the knowledge gained and the observation techniques acquired in the previous lectures. We organised several ventures where students were able to meet the kids from a

Posted on 21/05/19

Exploring A-pla(y)ce alleys and the neighbourhood

To get the first impressions of the location, students were encouraged to explore and learn about the A-pla(y)ce alleys and neighbourhood surroundings onsite. Due to current Covid19 regulations in Mar

Posted on 21/05/14

Guest lecture: Children in the playground - observation techniques • psychological account

After getting more familiar with the location and thematic focus of the workshop, students were invited to the second guest lecture delivered by prof. dr. Matija Svetina, a professor at the Department

Posted on 21/05/14

Guest lecture: Planning of Play Space • from strategic to implementation level

After the first introductory session of the workshop with students and mentors, we dug into the “playmaking” challenges with a guest lecturer, dr. Maja Simoneti, a licensed landscape archi

Posted on 21/05/13

A-pla(y)ce workshop is launched!

The foreseen 2-month student workshop has been launched at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana.   Curiosity and interest for the complex “placemaking by playmaking” challen

Posted on 21/05/12

A-Pla(y)ce in Ljubljana is a placemaking activity cycle, placemaking site and student workshop initiated by the University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Architecture) and prostoRož, as a 2021 follow-up of the 2020 activity cycle.

We establish a location-based continuity and set A-Pla(y)ce in the neighbourhood of the previous year activities, this is Bežigrajski dvor in Ljubljana. A-Pla(y)ce is situated in the buffer alleys between the fenced construction pit (AHiddenPlace) and the residential area. The neighbourhood is relatively new, it was built in 1996 on the location of the demolished artillery barracks, which had been occupying this location since the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. To this end, this area has weak ties to past development, it lacks social history and place-based identity.

Although alleys reflect the transitional character, they also embody the most vibrant part of the neighbourhood. This is where people pass, meet, chat, where children play. From this aspect they offer a great potential for placemaking practices and further building the identity by also engaging families in activities related to children play.


Placemaking by playmaking

A-pla(y)ce primarily addresses younger population and families with children to engage them in “placemaking by playmaking”. The idea is to rediscover the alleys, transform them from spaces of passing into a vibrant inclusive playscape, by means of creative practices initiated and introduced through the two-month student work and associated activities.



The activities of the workshop will comprise of an exploratory and enactment phase with students of the Faculty of Architecture and The Academy of Fine Arts and Design Faculty (both University of Ljubljana). The activities are conducted by educational and artistic mentors, creating a learning podium for discussion, and generation of professional and tacit knowledge, by also arranging the dialogue with invited representatives of the local community, guest lecturers and professionals, teachers from the local kindergarten and interested NGO initiatives.

The process established within the framework of a workshop will encompass an insight into A-pla(y)ce morphologies, its dynamics and its social context. The interested local public will be invited to first express their opinions and expectations about the development of A-pla(y)ce and to further co-create it through the events and physical interventions on-site.


Types of Activities

The work will be carried out throughout the intertwinement of two elementary types of A-place placemaking activities:

  1. Learning spaces for reflection (learn-place): weekly sessions organized in the framework of a workshop comprised of open guest lectures, debates with different user-groups and reflections on particular aspects of placemaking practices (participatory design, understanding needs of children, safety issues, inclusiveness, etc.) to discuss the potentials and meanings of a place which the different planned interventions/events aim to reveal.
  2. On-site activities (spot-place): establishing and demonstrating the connection with the local community; “placemaking by playmaking” activities and events will be conducted by prostoRož and implemented throughout the preparation of physical interventions by students, primarily addressing children and youth, their parents/grandparents and kindergarten teachers.


In accordance with the objectives of A-Place, the purpose of the planned activities is:

- To develop and apply creative placemaking practices in the course of a student creative workshop which help to reveal the manifold meanings and the role of place by involving residents of different age groups, and unfold its social potential through local interventions and events.

- To create cross-disciplinary learning spaces arising from the confluence of the creative design practices, paired with professional and academic ideas, public views, and tacit knowledge, as well as youth interpretations of A-pla(y)ce capacities.

- To fulfil by the implementation of local A-pla(y)ce actions the generic objectives: contributing to community building, enhancing intercultural dialogue, tightening links between partners, exploiting the capacities of digital technologies, generating capacity building.



Other files:


- Faculty of architecture website: http://www.fa.uni-lj.si/default.asp?id=1721 

- Faculty of architecture Facebook website https://www.facebook.com/uniljfa/ 

- Prostorož website: https://prostoroz.org/en/ 

- University of Ljubljana: https://www.uni-lj.si/eng/


If you would like to have more information about these placemaking activities, please contact: 


Spela Verovsek 


Maša Cvetko



The activities will be carried out with the participation of:


Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana.

(academic mentors: Tadeja Zupančič, Špela Verovšek, Matevž Juvančič)



(artistic mentors: Maša Cvetko, Alenka Korenjak, Naja Kikelj)



Students from the Faculty of Architecture (University of Ljubljana)

Students of The Academy of Fine Arts and Design Faculty (University of Ljubljana)


Guest lecturers and professionals:

Prof. dr. Matija Svetina [UL-FF]

Dr. Maja Simoneti [IPOP]

Slavko Rudolf [Modus]

Nejc Matjaž [FABRIKAID]
Romana Jan ( kindergarten)



Bežigrajski dvor neighbourhood association

Local community representatives

Techers from local kindergarten

children from local kindergarten VRTEC MLADI ROD

Interested general public