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Participation by residents as precondition for successful implementation of housing rehabilitation

Author(s): Richard Sendi

Journal: Urbani Izziv
ISSN 0353-6483

Volume: 16;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 133;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: quality of life | participation | rehabilitation of housing estates | housing estate | maintenance

The article presents findings from the research project titled Rehabilitation of housing estates in Ljubljana. The research was conducted in the western part of the Savsko naselje neighbourhood in Ljubljana. The introduction brings a brief description of the theoretical framework of the research. In continuation results of field work are presented, whereby special emphasis is given to the views of residents to rehabilitation and improvements to their living environment. Confrontation of attitudes to issues pertaining to the housing estate with real actions (or non-actions) by local authority show that presently there are large, potentially damaging contradictions between the two actors. We can ascertain that at present the municipal departments are accountable for the present conflicts, especially those responsible for housing provision and living quality. We are adamant that present planning and management of housing estates – top-down – is inadequate and inefficient. As soon as possible it should be substituted with contemporary approaches that have been pursued for some time in more developed countries. The hypothesis of the article is that rehabilitation of housing estates is not possible without active resident participation.
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