The Poetic Illusion of the Metropolis

architect Edvard Ravnikar
project Revolution Square, Ljubljana, Slovenia
written by Aleš Vodopivec


Ravnikar bitterly stated several times that Ljubljana did not have the character of a national capital, because it lacked classicist architecture and metropolitan stretches. In 1960, when he won the competition for the architectural and urban planning concept of the Revolution Square complex (today Republic Square), this is what he wrote in his article on the development of modern Ljubljana: ‘With a certain delay after the Western cities, Ljubljana was also touched by the fresh wind of urban planning reforms from the mid-19th century, best known for Haussmann’s reforms and projects in Paris…