“What is the role of the architect as a visionary; can the architect (or should the architect) assume the position of social or urban orchestrator? Can architecture’s presence in a technocracy promote a vision outside of its intentions?” – Professor Paul Robinson
The thirty-second Piran Days of Architecture international conference will take place on November 22, organized around the central theme of Vision. The conference will explore a contemporary methodology for interpreting the myriad facets of an architect’s vision in the context of “increasing technological, sociopolitical, sociocultural and environmental demands.”
SoNo Arhitekti’s design for the Slovenian Pavilion has been chosen to represent the country at the 2015 Milan Expo. One of 142 participants, Slovenia’s pavilion will be based on the slogan, “I FEEL SLOVENIA. Green. Active. Healthy.”
The common thread in the exhibition manifests itself through a series of interactive and architectural elements throughout the pavilion. As the architects describe, “Five prismatical structures, positioned on the geometrically and dynamically designed surface, whose shape is reminiscent of a cultivated field, will represent Slovenian diverse geographical landscape and symbolize fundamental ideas of sustainable development.”
Kindergarten Mavrica / Breda Bizjak (BB arhitekti), Lidija Dragišić (Studio 360), Katja Florjanc, Emir Jelkić, Ajda Vogelnik Saje
Architects: Breda Bizjak (BB arhitekti), Lidija Dragišić (Studio 360), Katja Florjanc, Emir Jelkić, Ajda Vogelnik Saje
Location: Šolska ulica 5, 8250 Brežice, Slovenia
Design Team: Breda Bizjak, Lidija Dragišić, Katja Florjanc, Emir Jelkić, Ajda Vogelnik Saje
Area: 3934.0 sqm
Photographs: Miran Kambič
Delving into the fundamentals of architecture by researching the work of Slovene engineer Herman Potočnik Noordung, the pioneer of space architecture, the Pavilion of Slovenia at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale will explore concepts of “space culturalization.” Curated by the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT), The Problem of Space Travel – Supre:Architecture will parallel solutions from Science and Technology with the Arts and Humanities as a means of envisioning contemporary options for appropriating space.
The curatorial statement and more information, after the break…
In 2014, the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana (BIO), Slovenia, reinvents itself and launches an ambitious call for applications. Entering the realm of collaboration, where design is a tool to rethink everyday life, the Biennial is looking for individuals to shape possible futures for design.
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, BIO builds on the event’s tradition and history, advancing into an experimental, collaborative territory where design is employed as a tool to question and transform ideas about industrial production, public and private space, and pre-established systems and networks. Organized by MAO, the Museum of Architecture and Design, BIO 50 is curated by Belgian critic and curator Jan Boelen, founder and artistic director of Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Head of the Master department Social Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, and chairman of the Flemish Committee for Architecture and Design.
Architects: Jereb in Budja arhitekti
Location: Mengeš, Slovenia
Architect In Charge: Rok Jereb, Blaž Budja
Project Team: Rok Jereb, Blaž Budja, Sara Zorzut, Grega Smrekar, Nina Majoranc, Tadeja Božičnik
Landscape Architecture: Dr. Dušan Stupar, Krajinaris
Area: 1650.0 sqm
Photographs: Blaž Budja
Taking place at the DESSA Gallery Ljubljana June 3 – July 15, Jordi Badia, founder of the studio BAAS Arquitectura, will be presenting his work at the ‘Architecture and City’ exhibition. The exhibition shows a compilation of his architecture through 11 works, public and private buildings focused on the respect for the city, the end user and the context. The exhibition also reflects on Jordi Badia’s particular vision of urban space configuration through the use of the void. More information on the exhibition and architects’ description after the break.