A-PLACE

Fakulteta za arhitekturo, Univerze v Ljubljani nas je v letu 2020 povabila k sodelovanju pri projektu A-Place: Linking places through networked artistic practices, kjer smo skupaj z njihovimi projektnimi partnerji (ProstoRož, Trajna ter Društvom za permakulturno  Slovenije) sodelovali pri snemanju kratki predstavitveno izobraževalnih videov. Kljub izbruhu epidemije in številnim omejitvami nam je uspelo narediti nekaj zanimivih izdelkov.

At the beginning of March, the foreseen 3-month student workshop has been launched at the Faculty of Architecture (Ljubljana). The goal of the workshop is to initiate the collaboration between the members of the two participating project partners -Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana (UL FA), and ProstoRož- within the context of “A Hidden Place” placemaking activity. Curiosity and interest has brought 26 eager students of different levels of the UL FA programmes to attend the weekly sessions of this workshop during three months, from March 3 thru May 16. Both partners led students through the process of exploring the site and its socio-cultural context, discovering the ties to its past and present-day stories, and revealing its potentials for the future use. After a series of lectures, debates, site visits, intensive masterclasses and interviews taken with the potential users and stakeholders, students were invited to propose a temporal or semi-temporal interventions and/or on-site events to bring attention and interest of wider audiences. This was a first step towards inhabiting this hidden place, making it more inclusive and attractive for the different social and interest groups.

AHiddenPlace is an unused space in Ljubljana centre. It demonstrates a pilot placemaking location of transformation in the project A-PLACE through the student workshop and placemaking activities. In order to compensate for the cancelled on-site construction of the proposed elaborated plans and events by students’ groups in the previous workshop sessions, we organised a competition for a provisional intervention on-site. The main aim of this action was to design and implement an onsite representation and promotion of a location behind the fence that would help to communicate the place publicly and raise the attention of the local community, passers-by and other visitors.

In the summer of 2020, a laboratory for the sustainable design called KRATER was built on an abandoned construction pit near Bežigrajski dvori. KRATER will be used for the processing of invasive plants that are growing on the site. The most typical among them is the Japanese Knotweed, which can be used for paper-manufacturing, wood products, as a basis for growing edible fungi, and even as the main ingredient of dishes. We can even bake a great pie out of it.

KRATER was named after a crater-like hole in a construction pit from which the gravel was dug. Today the place consists of a handmade paper workshop, a carpentry workshop, a fungi breeding laboratory, and an urban goldfish shelter.

Na zapuščeni gradbeni jami v bližini Bežigrajskih dvorov je poleti 2020 nastal KRATER, laboratorij za trajnostno oblikovanje, namenjen predelavi invazivnih rastlin, ki rastejo na lokaciji. Najbolj tipična med njimi je japonski dresnik, ki je uporaben za izdelavo papirja, lesnih izdelkov, kot podlaga za vzgojo užitnih gliv in celo kot glavna sestavina jedi. Iz njega lahko spečemo celo odlično pito.

Krater je ime dobil ime po kraterju podobni luknji v gradbeni jami, iz katere so kopali gramoz. Danes na njem delujejo delavnica ročne izdelave papirja, mizarska delavnica, laboratorij za vzgojo gliv in urbano zavetišče za zlate ribice.

Video je nastal v sklopu projekta A-place in bil prikazan na letošnjem festivalu Pame Kaimakli v Nikoziji (Ciper). Projekt A-place sofinancira program EU Kreativna Evropa in se izvaja v okviru mreže RUK.

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