Architects under 40: New practices, new tools #1
17 Mar 2021
The architects of the younger generation will discuss current developments in the field of architecture in the form of three debates in coming weeks. Through discussions, we will shed light on the way new architectural practices work (in Slovenia) and find out what organisational, design and other professional innovations they are introducing into their work.
During the first event, on 17 March, the following groups will present themselves: Prostorož, Svet Vmes and Pazi Park! All three practices work in the field of participatory architectural practice, in which they actively involve users, in this way also making them aware. Prostorož in the field of urbanism and activation of public spaces, Svet vmes explores the architecture of education, Pazi park! the field of landscape architecture and landscaping.
We will address the practices and individuals who began their independent professional work ten or fifteen years ago, at a time when the global financial crisis was starting to unfold and when we became increasingly affected by the climate crisis, which opened opportunities for global integration and raised awareness of shared responsibility for the existence of the planet.
We found that during that time, the establishment of independent architectural practices happened differently than before, as all these crises have caused shifts in the way of thinking about the tasks of architecture and raised new awareness on the relation between architecture and society, ecology and the way of organising (architectural) practice. All of these are the points that we would like to highlight.
Co-curators of the project Matevž Čelik and Mika Cimolini invite you to join the young architects on 17, 24 and 31 March and on 30 September – for the closing event. For three Wednesdays in March, we will listen to presentations of architectural practices that are interesting precisely because of the way they tackle architectural topics and tasks. It is not a national or representative selection, but a purely subjective one, and the realisations of selected architectural practices are not that important, but rather the way they deal with given topics.
Architects will each have 9 minutes to answer three key questions:
- Contemporary Challenges of Humanity: What is the Task of Architecture Today?
- New practices, new tools: what is the organisational model of your practice?
- Raising awareness: how do you present your projects to the public?
Andreja Štrukelj Sinčič
Zala Velkavrh je komunikologinja in magistra sociologije. Od leta 2012 dalje je članica urbanističnega kolektiva prostoRož, kjer se med drugim ukvarja s temami urbane prenove, mestnega brandinga in vključujočega urbanega razvoja. O urbanem razvoju piše za medije z nacionalnim dosegom in za specializirane strokovne publikacije.