From 11 – 15 June 2015 postgraduate (M.Sc.) spatial planning students from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering (UL FGG) visited London to study different aspects of urban revitalisation in this global city. Fifteen students were supported by their lecturers and senior members of the staff: Alma Zavodnik Lamovšek, Head of Spatial Planning Chair, Maja Simoneti, and Nataša Pichler-Milanovič, 7FP TURAS coordinator at the UL FGG.
On Friday 12th June 2015, the UL FGG staff & students visited University of East London (UEL), Sustainability Research Institute (SRI - TURAS partner). The visitors from UL FGG were welcomed by Darryl Newport, Director of SRI, Stuart Connop, Naheed Khan and Migle Balciute. UEL PhD students Ms Caroline Nash, Ms Kinga Owczarek, Mr Bamdad Ayati and Mr Muhammad Umar Khalid presented some results of their PhD research closely related with the TURAS project and urban regeneration in London. In the afternoon the UL FGG students & staff visited Barking Riverside and London Sustainable Industrial Park (LSIP) guided by Daryll Newport and UEL SRI staff & students. After the official visit of UEL, the UL FGG staff & students also visited London Docklands, took a cable car over the river Thames to O2 Arena site, and a local bus to Greenwich village where they visited Naval College Gardens, National Maritime Museum and the Greenwich Park with the Royal Observatory.
On Saturday morning 13th June 2015 the guided tour of central London from the Westminster bridge along south bank to London bridge was given by Judith Ryser, urbanologist from London and General Rapporteur of 2015 (50th jubilee) anniversary congress of ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners). In the afternoon the UL FGG staff & students visited London Olympic Park and Stratford area. On Sunday 14th June the visitors from Ljubljana took a guided tour of the Green Westway area, a deprived neighbourhood in west London between Notting Hill and Chelsea that is coping with environmental problems and lack of land under the Great Western highway. In the afternoon UL FGG staff and students visited the King's Cross urban revitalisation area.
The programme of UL FGG staff & students visit to UEL on Friday 12th June with short abstracts of UEL PhD presentations with additional information about the UL FGG study visit to London can be found from Nataša Pichler-Milanovič (firstname.lastname@example.org), TURAS project coordinator at UL FGG.The UL FGG study visit to London is also presented (in Slovenian) by postgraduate students at the UL FGG webpage (http://www3.fgg.uni-lj.si).
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