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Blaz Kriznik교수

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Assistant professor



Blaz Kriznik was born in 1972 in Celje, Slovenia. After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in architecture from the University of Ljubljana in 1999, he continued his study at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, where he worked as a research assistant. In 2004 he worked as the European Cultural Foundation Fellowship researcher at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona, while in 2006 he worked as the Korea Foundation Fellow for Field Research at the Seoul Development Institute. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in sociology of everyday life at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana in 2008. For his thesis he received the best doctoral dissertation faculty award in 2009.


In 2006 he co-founded the Institute for Spatial Policies in Ljubljana, an NGO focused on research and development in fields of territorial planning, urban studies and community-based development.

From 2009 to 2012 he was a visiting professor at the College of Urban Sciences at the University of Seoul, where he taught urban sociology and architecture. He worked as assistant professor at the University of Seoul and the Kwangwoon University in Seoul. His research work is focused on comparative urban studies, local social movements and Korean studies.






1992-1999 BA, Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana

2000-2002 Specialization study, Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design

2003-2008 Ph.D., Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana





2000-2002 Research assistant, Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, Rotterdam

2004-2005 Researcher, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona

2006 Researcher, Korea Foundation Research Fellow, Seoul Development Institute, Seoul

2006-2012 Senior researcher, Institute for Spatial Policies, Ljubljana





2009 Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

2012 John Shields Award, 22@ Network, Barcelona





B. Kriznik (2007): Cheonggye stream restoration in Seoul: global cities and collective space. Druzboslovne razprave, 55/2007.


B. Kriznik (2008): Inwangsan memory rock: transformation of public space and the politics of amnesia. AB, 177-178/2008.


B. Kriznik (2009): 청계천 복원 : 세계도시 서울, 오래된 틈 잇기, 새로운 틈 만들기. In. 도시재생네트워크 (eds.): 뉴욕, 런던, 서울의 도시재생 이야기. Seoul: Pixelhouse.


B. Kriznik (2009): Urban change and local culture: responses to urban renewal in Wangsimni. 서울학연구, 37/2009.


B. Kriznik (2009): Local responses to global challenges: cultural context of urban change in Barcelona and Seoul. Ljubljana: Zalozba FDV.


B. Kriznik (2010): Urban regeneration in global Seoul: new approaches, old dividesa In Koreanologie am Institut far Ostasienwissenschaften Universitat Wien (eds.): Wiener Beitrage zur Koreaforschung II. Vienna: Praesens Verlag Press.


B. Kriznik (2011): Without trust, illegitimate and excluded: neoliberal urban policy and local initiatives. AB, 188-189/2011.


B. Kriznik (2011): Selling global Seoul: competitive urban policy and symbolic reconstruction of cities. Sociological Review, 41/2011.


B. Kriznik (2011): Industrial heritage in Barcelona: between vacant monuments and everyday life. AB, 190-191/2011.


B. Kriznik and M. Ursic (2012): Comparing urban renewal in Barcelona and Seoul: urban management in conditions of competition among global cities. Asia Europe Journal, 3/2012.



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