Municipality's plans and why we criticize them
One year after the occupation - in 2007 - the municipality began planning the renovation of the area into a “Creative centre Rog”, putting the emphasis on redeveloping the surroundings in order to build an attractive area for international artists and tourists. With the help of an EU-led project devoted to revitalization of ex-industrial zones, they propose a public-private partnership to renovate the main factory building, the construction of a design hotel, up-standard apartments and commercial programs. The public-private ration is 20-80%. One of the proposals also suggests a relocation of 3 art academies to Rog, but their deans deny it, because of non-defined relations between academic and commercial programs and because they don’t want their students - who are active in the factory - to lose their studios/ateliers. The municipality could never find an investor because of global recession, so they down-scaled the project into an all- publicly financed “centre for architecture, design and visual arts” stressed on developing the creative industries economic sector and helping young designers into entering the labor market.
Support the struggle for Autonomous Factory Rog
Autonomous Factory Rog is still under attack. After the attempted eviction of the factory in the summer of 2016, the municipality of Ljubljana filled lawsuits against eight individuals from Rog, for whom the legal costs are estimated to be between 40.000€ and 50.000€ at the end of the court processes. Let’s not let the municipality destroy lives who struggle for a different and better city.