Living with Water - Southern Fringe of Ljubljana

18 Oct - 24 Mar 2019
Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana, SI
MAO, Pot na Fužine 2, Ljubljana, Slovenia

© Illegal settlement along the River Ljubljanica by Milan Dinevski

As the Future Architecture platform leader and one of the 20 implementers of the 2018 European Architecture Programme, MAO invites five international emerging creatives to participate in the exhibition titled: Living with Water - Southern Fringe of Ljubljana. 

Learning from the experience of the multidisciplinary team in charge of the exhibition for the Slovenian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018, which explores and discusses the past, present and future relationship between architecture and water, the invited Future Architecture creatives will produce concrete hands-on design proposals and will develop alternative models for a new, fairer, safer and less invasive living environment.

The starting point of the exhibition is the heritage of water management arrangements in relation to the living environment, based  on the example of the River Ljubljanica. With regard to global climate change and ecological disasters we are, to a great extent, responsible ourselves. At the same time as we "civilise" certain parts of the earth, we completely neglect others and lay the burden on our civilisation. If in the past the ideal for water was for it to be as much as possible enclosed in riverbeds and as soon as possible to be sent to estuaries, and the marshes to be transformed into fertile fields, now we find that such marshy areas were the natural reserves of water that we miss today and want to artificially create. The curatorial team of the exhibition, will share the challenges of presenting these ideas through archive materials in a museum environment, based on which the Future Architecture creatives will need to respond in relation to the following subtopics:

ENVIRONMENT – SET architects, who believe in an essential architecture based on simplicity as a response to the complexity of the functional program, will, for the process of interpretation of the archive materials, set a future scenario in which the anthropic landscape has totally devoured the natural one, thus leading to a complete saturation of the earth's surface.

ECONOMY - Phi collective intends to help remote communities imagine a new way of dealing with energy, and will present new approaches based on leveraging their experience in design, urban research, systems thinking and anthropology, and will propose solutions positioned at the intersection of human-centred design, peer-to-peer blockchain networks, and sustainable energy.

POLITICS – Maite Borjabad is an architect, researcher and curator whose work moves between architecture, art, politics and diverse forms of critical spatial practices, and will use the archive materials of the exhibition and give a critical view on how architecture materialises legal frameworks and political apparatuses.

FILM - Miruna Dunu is a visual designer with an architectural background, who will explore the potential of a performative archive and create a film with a fictional narrative that will open the discussion about archive materials from a contemporary perspective.

SUSTAINABILITY – Screi collective, driven by new ways of designing and new ways of building, and which rehearses models for a more equitable, healthier and responsive environment, will be responsible for the exhibition design, taking into consideration the challenges of today, such as: how to build sustainably, but also how to deal with the unsustainable choices of the past?

Curatorial team: Milan Dinevski, Damjan Kokalevski, Natalija Lapajne, Nikola Pongrac, Špela Šubic

Future Architecture participants: SET-Architects, Phi, Maite Borjabad, SKREI, Miruna Dunu 

Exhibition design: Bika Rebek

Graphic design: Benja Pavlin