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Ljubljana Holds Off Turbo-Capitalism


Unlike a number of Eastern European capitals, Slovenia's thriving Ljubljana steered clear of Soviet-era urban models. The city owes a debt to the independent spirit of its artists and architects, who began reinventing it while it was still under Austro-Hungarian rule. Thanks to the city's small size and Tito's unwillingness to yield to monolithic models, today's Ljubljana remains among the most vibrant examples of the evolution of European modernism.

Unlike a number of Eastern European capitals, Slovenia’s thriving Ljubljana steered clear of Soviet-era urban models. The city owes a debt to the independent spirit of its artists and architects, who began reinventing it while it was still under Austro-Hungarian rule. Thanks to the city’s small size and Tito’s unwillingness to yield to monolithic models, today’s Ljubljana remains among the most vibrant examples of the evolution of European modernism.

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