Future Architecture Festival: Breaking Down The Walls, Ljubljana 2017
The emerging generation of the most talented architects and urban planners is breaking down walls: not only built walls, but also imaginary, professional, and ideological walls. For them, architecture is not necessarily an activity whose sole purpose is construction, but rather a field for intellectual research. Their ideas presented in the Future Architecture platform over the course of the past two years reflect their critical approach and determination to address the most pressing problems of our times. For them, architecture is a way of thinking, seeing, analyzing, and changing the world we work in.
The Future Architecture Festival brings together Europe's architects, designers, creative individuals, and curators with their most powerful ideas for the future.
Territory, Water and Architecture
The project is a research challenge and a framework for the invited authors in their exploration of the connections between landscape, water and architecture.
Future Architecture Workshop Results
Envisioning Public Space Within a Global Context: Two Methods in Dialogue
Public spaces - as much as public buildings - constitute the collective memory of a place. Creating a successful public space therefore requires that the architect stimulate the collective imagination on several levels. On what level can an architectural proposal act - between existing universal public space typologies and specific cultural behaviours?
Opportunities for Urban Regeneration in Belgrade's Periphery
Looking at the many activities related to the Future Architecture event in Belgrade, BINA presents their vision for the future of Belgrade’s periphery. In 2017, a group consisting of Dimitris Grozopulos, Effie Kasimati and Fani Kostourou all responded to the Future Architecture open call with the Activate Modern Ruins project. The group has been asked to work on their vision of the future for the long-delicate question of the outlying areas around Belgrade, responding with a project called Opportunities for urban regeneration in Belgrade's periphery.
Re-thinking the Arsenal
Recently, tutors Víctor Cano Ciborro, Fani Kostourou, Adriana Pablos and curator Mirjam Niemeyer ran a 6-day international workshop in Kiev to develop new spatial development scenarios for the Mystetskyi Arsenal. They worked on both its “hard” and “soft” transformation, spatial development and experiential development. The results produced planning suggestions in the form of projects aimed at long-term, step-by-step transformations of building sand spaces of the Mystetskyi Arsenal, and proposals for new uses of the Arsenal spaces and buildings, all strategically designed to create new experiences of and interaction with the Mystetskyi Arsenal.
A critical discussion of measures, norms, standards and segregate bodies and behaviours. In the age of big data and a veritable multitude of statistics, is it possible to configure a speculative cartography of our environment through architecture? Is it possible for architecture to upgrade its agency in the production and reproduction of invisible and visible borders on bodies and in cities and territories; toward a hybrid, ungraspable state?
Shift’17 - Tiny Change Makes the Difference
The film documents 3-days workshop, during which architects tried to change the muddy corners of degraded nineteenth-century estate into an attractive public space to encourage the integration of its inhabitants. Four teams of architects, supplemented with students and volunteers, were invited to design and implement microarchitecture installations in four locations. The outdoor activities were devoted to the issue of alternative strategies for revitalizing urban space involving its inhabitants and users.
The talk addresses the potential of temporary (“ephemeral”) architecture today, examined through the work of the five teams invited for the Rome exhibition and the Seoul Biennale. The related topics treated here are many: temporary architecture in the context of temporary urbanism, the relation between art and architecture, the relation between art/architecture and society, and the relation between art and architecture institutions and communities.
Faraway, So Close
The 25th Biennial of design Ljubljana develops from the physical exploration of seven conditions all over Slovenia on which designers were invited to reflect. This is a contemporary phenomenon characteristic of our era: young, informed and emancipated people who have grown up within urban models bring their values into non-urban spaces. The theoretical appropriation of the so-called Alter-urban within the context of BIO 25 has been made possible by the de-centralization of the biennial itself,together with the physical observation and response of the participants. The framework of FARAWAY, SO CLOSE is an experiment in formats: the designers have been asked to think of a potentially novel interpretation of a Slovenian local and international creative figures are developing possible scenarios that enquire into local and global issues, using the existing Slovenian territory as a paradigm.
Publishing Acts is the result of the “temporary editorial office” experiment held in Pula, Croatia, 1-3 June, 2017, which was designed to produce instant, open-ended socio-political imaginaries about the city. The publication itself is conceived as a “social or institutionalizing object,” whose existence, nature and shape intrinsically refer to the existence of a collaborative and agonistic process of knowledge production. With the launch of such a project it can instigate further engagement with a specific topic and create a link between the discourse both before and after publication. The Publishing Acts in Ljubljana, the final act of this site-specific “socialchoreography”, serves as an occasion to think about possible further development of the initiative, and as a catalyst for the FutureArchitecture-DAI-SAI pamphlet series on potentially radical transformations of built territories and the architectural discipline.
Curating and Learning from Future Architecture
The curatorial concepts of recent exhibitions at the HDA House of Architecture in Graz were developed by the Future Architecture applicants ISSS research&architecture (Ingrid Sabatier-Schwarz, Stephan Schwarz) in 2016 and by Ana Jeinić in 2017. Here they present their approach to selecting and assuming specific positions and to developing exhibitions in the framework of the Future Architecture Initiative, and will discuss their many related experiences and insights. In the two highly fruitful years of FutureArchitecture and related activities the HDA in Graz has featured more than 60 emerging artists from all over the world over the course of two exhibitions and collateral events.
Tales only Architecture Can Tell
Every good architectural project has a story. Sometimes it’s hard to see it, even if it's standing there in plain sight. Without a story there’s nothing to talk about – a situation rendered impossible for any further communication. Tales Only Architecture Can Tell investigates storytelling through the prism of dystopia, utopia and the present tense, and where these time-spheres converge. An impulse talk initiated by futurist Ludwig Engel, an expert in the field of architectural and urbanist storytelling, looks at how to identify and develop stories in architecture projects and ultimately, how to communicate these stories. Víctor Cano Ciborro (Arquitectura Subalterna) will talk about his own approach to the narrative. A panel discussion intended to serve as a response to the positions presented will follow.
Internet Engagement and Methods of Subversion
Following the lecture James Taylor-Foster: "What is Attention Economy? Why should I care?”, a panel discussion between Taylor-Foster, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Charles Broskoski, and Matevž Čelik presents and discusses a collection of real-world projects and platforms that seek to subvert the status quo of online creation and consumption.