Transformations: The Traces of the Past, The Spaces of The Present

18 Apr - 20 Oct 2019
Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana, SI

Architecture is confronted with a contradiction about how to preserve it and at the same time change it so that it can remain preserved. The renovation of historic buildings, which no longer serve their original functions for a new use, is part of the challenge, from which everything from the 19th century has been built up which is historical. Flexible re-use of buildings addresses issues of preserving building heritage and heritage-related policies. Historical buildings eventually become inadequate for use, as society, relationships in it, its needs and its premises are constantly and thoroughly changing. Because of this, many historical buildings have repeatedly mutated in something completely different in their incredible history, altering their shape, but at the same time preserving the essential historical layers. The history of these transformations in an interesting way speaks of a paradox that is embedded in architecture. Buildings must be resistant and durable. For this reason, they often spend more than once on their purpose and function, which made them rebuild and redecorated.

Renovating or adapted rebuilding of buildings is a sustainable way of reconstructing buildings. Rugged renovation of the building heritage is an effective way to control the spread of settlements and environmental impacts. The reuse of existing structures within settlements reduces the energy consumption required for the construction of new buildings, and in particular the amount of construction waste generated by the destruction of old buildings is significantly reduced.

This is the context in which the Future Architecture participants in collaboration with MAO will have the opportunity to explore, create and intervene.