Urbanisticni institut Republike Slovenije (UIRS), SL

The Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia is the central national research institute for spatial planning, urban design and related disciplines. The institute was established in 1955 and it has the role of public body. The interdisciplinary nature of the research field is reflected in the disciplinary background of its employees, who are architects, geographers, landscape architects, economists, sociologists, and art historians.

The mission of our Institue includes the development of methods for spatial and regional planning, urban planning and design, landscape planning and design, environmental and cultural heritage protection and renewal, urban and architectural history of the 19th and 20th century and spatial informatics. UIRS co-operates in spatial planning on international, national, regional and local level, executes in pilot projects for urban development and plans for settlements.

We are involved in several international projects and other co-operations as well as co-operation in the education and training of planners.

Current research includes national projects, as well as those carried out in international co-operation. Some important international projects on the cultural heritage of Art Nouveau have already been realised within the Culture 2000 programme, such as "Art Nouveau in Progress" (2001-2004) and  "Art Nouveau & Society" (2005-2008). The Art Nouveau heritage will also be the subject  of the new project "Art Nouveau & Ecology" which was selected by the EU within the Culture programme (2007-2013) for the financing in the next five years. UIRS has a highly educated research team in the domain of cultural heritage and is technically well equipped for the implementation of the Partage Plus project.

Role in the Partage Plus project: UIRS will digitise 300 photographic images and 1100 art works and Art Nouveau objects from the National Gallery of Slovenia. 150 photographic images by Miran Kambic and 450 artworks and objects from the City Museum of Ljubljana will also be contributed to the Europeana.