The 27th edition of BIO Ljubljana (BIO27), the oldest and one of the leading design biennials in the world, opening on 26 May under the curatorship of Jane Withers, brings together forward-thinking and environmentally conscious designers, architects, thinkers and researchers from around the globe. The theme for BIO27, Super Vernaculars, explores a growing and ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular architecture and design intelligence to shape a more resilient and equitable future. Super Vernaculars reveals how designers and architects are taking note of vernacular traditions and value systems largely ignored in the modern era to create imaginative responses to contemporary challenges such as water scarcity, waste and declining biodiversity. The projects featured in BIO27 foreground localism, connection to nature and ecological resilience. Super Vernaculars approaches include a city-wide nature-based water management system, low-energy alternatives to air ...

27 May – 2 Oct 2022 Cukrarna Palace, Ambrožev trg 3, Ljubljana EXHIBITION OPENING: 27 MAY 2022 AT 18:00 OPENING HOURS: TUESDAY TO SUNDAY, 10:00 TO 18:00 The Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in 2017, at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, established the Centre for Creativity (CzK) – an interdisciplinary platform aimed at the development and promotion of the cultural and creative sector in Slovenia, as well as its integration with the economy and other sectors. Together with the Ministry of Culture’s calls for proposals aimed at promoting creative industries, it supports projects that emerge at the intersection of different creative fields and entrepreneurship and contribute to economic and social progress. In its almost five years of operation, CzK has organised more than 500 programmes aimed at developing the sector, and recorded 248,000 participations of creators, creative businesses, self-employed freelancers, private and ...

Curators: Špela Spanžel, Tomaž Štoka, dr. Bogo Zupančič   Jože Plečnik’s works in Ljubljana were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 31 July 2021. At its 44th session, the World Heritage Committee followed the recommendation of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and unanimously adopted the decision to incscribe Plečnik’s Ljubljana on the list of properties that are part of heritage of humankind. The Committee recognized Plečnik’s Ljubljana as an outstanding example of human-centred urban design in accordance with the profoundly humanistic vision of an architect who transformed a provincial town of the former Empire into a symbolic national capital.   It accepted the rationale for the selected public spaces (city squares, parks, streets, promenades, embankments and bridges across the Ljubljanica river) and public institutions (the national library, markets, funerary complex and churches), which have been subtly integrated ...

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BIO27 Super Vernaculars Opening

26. 5. 2022 / 19:00

OPENING: Thursday, 26 May at 19.00 Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Rusjanov trg 7, Ljubljana, Slovenia You are invited to the opening of the 27th Biennial of Design, organised by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in cooperation with the Centre for Creativity (CzK). Curated by Jane Withers, BIO27 Super Vernaculars explores a growing and ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design to create imaginative responses to contemporary environmental, social and political challenges.   19.00 BIO27 Talk   An opening panel discussion exploring the Super Vernaculars movement  with Jane Withers, curator of BIO27, Jan Boelen, artistic director of Atelier LUMA, Marco Sammicheli of Triennale di Milano, Anja Zorko, head of the Centre for Creativity (CzK), and Vida Rucli from the Robida collective. Chaired by Maja Vardjan, architect and curator at MAO. 19.40 Welcome Dr. Bogo Zupančič, director of the Museum of Architecture and Design Barbara Koželj ...

OPENING: Thursday, 26 May at 19.00
Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Rusjanov trg 7, Ljubljana, Slovenia

You are invited to the opening of the 27th Biennial of Design, organised by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in cooperation with the Centre for Creativity (CzK). Curated by Jane Withers, BIO27 Super Vernaculars explores a growing and ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design to create imaginative responses to contemporary environmental, social and political challenges.

 

19.00 BIO27 Talk  

An opening panel discussion exploring the Super Vernaculars movement 

with Jane Withers, curator of BIO27, Jan Boelen, artistic director of Atelier LUMA, Marco Sammicheli of Triennale di Milano, Anja Zorko, head of the Centre for Creativity (CzK), and Vida Rucli from the Robida collective. Chaired by Maja Vardjan, architect and curator at MAO.

19.40 Welcome
Dr. Bogo Zupančič, director of the Museum of Architecture and Design
Barbara Koželj Podlogar, Acting Director-General from Creativity Directorate, Ministry of Culture
Jane Withers, curator of BIO27.

20.00 Super Vernaculars Fair
Discover Super Vernaculars with:
Carolien Niebling, Shneel Malik, Atelier Luma, Kellenberger–White, Adam Štěch, and the BIO27 Production Platform teams Pjorkkala, Garnitura, Robida.plus, Krater and Futuring. 

Come and try the Slovenian Sausage of the Future, specially created for BIO27 by designer Carolien Niebling with chef Igor Jagodic of Strelec Restaurant and butcher Mark Butalič. 

Don’t miss it!

 

More at www.bio27.si

 

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OPENING: Thursday, 26 May at 19.00
Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Rusjanov trg 7, Ljubljana, Slovenia

You are invited to the opening of the 27th Biennial of Design, organised by the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in cooperation with the Centre for Creativity (CzK). Curated by Jane Withers, BIO27 Super Vernaculars explores a growing and ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design to create imaginative responses to contemporary environmental, social and political challenges.

 

19.00 BIO27 Talk  

An opening panel discussion exploring the Super Vernaculars movement 

with Jane Withers, curator of BIO27, Jan Boelen, artistic director of Atelier LUMA, Marco Sammicheli of Triennale di Milano, Anja Zorko, head of the Centre for Creativity (CzK), and Vida Rucli from the Robida collective. Chaired by Maja Vardjan, architect and curator at MAO.

19.40 Welcome
Dr. Bogo Zupančič, director of the Museum of Architecture and Design
Barbara Koželj Podlogar, Acting Director-General from Creativity Directorate, Ministry of Culture
Jane Withers, curator of BIO27.

20.00 Super Vernaculars Fair
Discover Super Vernaculars with:
Carolien Niebling, Shneel Malik, Atelier Luma, Kellenberger–White, Adam Štěch, and the BIO27 Production Platform teams Pjorkkala, Garnitura, Robida.plus, Krater and Futuring. 

Come and try the Slovenian Sausage of the Future, specially created for BIO27 by designer Carolien Niebling with chef Igor Jagodic of Strelec Restaurant and butcher Mark Butalič. 

Don’t miss it!

 

More at www.bio27.si

 

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Panel discussion: The BIO27 journey; How can we make cultural production more sustainable? ⁠

Discussion / 27. 5. 2022 / 11:00

MAO, Rusjanov trg 7, Ljubljana   From the outset, BIO27 decided to research how we can make a more sustainable cultural production. The curators dedicated one of the five production platform commissions, by team Futuring, to analyse BIO’s activities and investigate the ways in which the Biennial’s impact can be reduced and how we can capture these learnings to share with designers and cultural institutions. This short programme of talks will explore the landscape of cultural production and current state of best practice for low impact. Museums safeguard future generations’ engagement in cultural heritage, and, at the same time, they are actors themselves, contributing to a socially, ecologically, and culturally conscious society. This knowledge-sharing session includes the launch of Futuring’s Toolkit aimed at helping culture professionals and designers to create strategies for reducing their own environmental impact. Programme: 11.00 Introduction Nejc Avbelj, assistant ...

MAO, Rusjanov trg 7, Ljubljana

 

From the outset, BIO27 decided to research how we can make a more sustainable cultural production. The curators dedicated one of the five production platform commissions, by team Futuring, to analyse BIO’s activities and investigate the ways in which the Biennial’s impact can be reduced and how we can capture these learnings to share with designers and cultural institutions.

This short programme of talks will explore the landscape of cultural production and current state of best practice for low impact. Museums safeguard future generations’ engagement in cultural heritage, and, at the same time, they are actors themselves, contributing to a socially, ecologically, and culturally conscious society. This knowledge-sharing session includes the launch of Futuring’s Toolkit aimed at helping culture professionals and designers to create strategies for reducing their own environmental impact.

Programme:

11.00 Introduction

Nejc Avbelj, assistant director of MAO

Dragan Barbutovski, British Council Slovenia

Jane Withers, BIO27

11.10 What is the state of sustainable cultural production?

The first session will include a snapshot of international best practice in sustainable cultural production and learnings from BIO27.

Moderator: Sophie Thomas

With: Graciela Melitsko Thornton, Julie’s Bicycle, Jana Babšek & Alenka Černelič Krošelj, ICOM, Anja Radović, BIO27

11.45 The BIO27 Futuring Toolkit

Chaired by BIO27 mentor, designer and sustainability consultant, Sophie Thomas, production platform team Futuring launch their open-source toolkit which aims to empower cultural institutions and designers in reducing the impact of their work. A Q&A opens the floor to the audience to ask quick-fire questions about designers’ dilemmas in low-impact production.

With: Barbara Predan, Žan Kobal, Tamara Lasić Jurkovič (Futuring)

12.20 Designing Super Vernaculars

A conversation with the BIO27 design teams discussing what they have learnt while designing Super Vernaculars and the challenges they had to overcome as well as the opportunities when taking a low-impact approach.

Moderator: Jane Withers

With: Sebastian White & Eva Kellenberger, design studio Kellenberger & White, Rok Žnidaršič, Medprostor, Aljaž Vesel & Gašper Uršič, design studio Studio Kruh + AA

Please register your attendance HERE>>

The event will also be livestreamed via MAO and BIO channels.

The event is supported by the British Council Slovenia.

 

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MAO, Rusjanov trg 7, Ljubljana

 

From the outset, BIO27 decided to research how we can make a more sustainable cultural production. The curators dedicated one of the five production platform commissions, by team Futuring, to analyse BIO’s activities and investigate the ways in which the Biennial’s impact can be reduced and how we can capture these learnings to share with designers and cultural institutions.

This short programme of talks will explore the landscape of cultural production and current state of best practice for low impact. Museums safeguard future generations’ engagement in cultural heritage, and, at the same time, they are actors themselves, contributing to a socially, ecologically, and culturally conscious society. This knowledge-sharing session includes the launch of Futuring’s Toolkit aimed at helping culture professionals and designers to create strategies for reducing their own environmental impact.

Programme:

11.00 Introduction

Nejc Avbelj, assistant director of MAO

Dragan Barbutovski, British Council Slovenia

Jane Withers, BIO27

11.10 What is the state of sustainable cultural production?

The first session will include a snapshot of international best practice in sustainable cultural production and learnings from BIO27.

Moderator: Sophie Thomas

With: Graciela Melitsko Thornton, Julie’s Bicycle, Jana Babšek & Alenka Černelič Krošelj, ICOM, Anja Radović, BIO27

11.45 The BIO27 Futuring Toolkit

Chaired by BIO27 mentor, designer and sustainability consultant, Sophie Thomas, production platform team Futuring launch their open-source toolkit which aims to empower cultural institutions and designers in reducing the impact of their work. A Q&A opens the floor to the audience to ask quick-fire questions about designers’ dilemmas in low-impact production.

With: Barbara Predan, Žan Kobal, Tamara Lasić Jurkovič (Futuring)

12.20 Designing Super Vernaculars

A conversation with the BIO27 design teams discussing what they have learnt while designing Super Vernaculars and the challenges they had to overcome as well as the opportunities when taking a low-impact approach.

Moderator: Jane Withers

With: Sebastian White & Eva Kellenberger, design studio Kellenberger & White, Rok Žnidaršič, Medprostor, Aljaž Vesel & Gašper Uršič, design studio Studio Kruh + AA

Please register your attendance HERE>>

The event will also be livestreamed via MAO and BIO channels.

The event is supported by the British Council Slovenia.

 

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Guided Tour: Jane Withers: BIO27 Super Vernaculars

Guided Tour / 28. 5. 2022 / 11:00

SAT, 28 May at 11:00   Global expansion and rampant capitalism at the expense of the planet has precipitated the climate catastrophe and accelerated the massive imbalance between humanity and the natural world. Super Vernaculars, the theme for BIO27, explores a growing and ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design traditions and practices from around the world to shape a radical vision for a more responsive and resilient future.   Join us for a guided tour with BIO27 curator Jane Withers.      

SAT, 28 May at 11:00

 

Global expansion and rampant capitalism at the expense of the planet has precipitated the climate catastrophe and accelerated the massive imbalance between humanity and the natural world. Super Vernaculars, the theme for BIO27, explores a growing and ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design traditions and practices from around the world to shape a radical vision for a more responsive and resilient future.

 

Join us for a guided tour with BIO27 curator Jane Withers.

 

 

 

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SAT, 28 May at 11:00

 

Global expansion and rampant capitalism at the expense of the planet has precipitated the climate catastrophe and accelerated the massive imbalance between humanity and the natural world. Super Vernaculars, the theme for BIO27, explores a growing and ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design traditions and practices from around the world to shape a radical vision for a more responsive and resilient future.

 

Join us for a guided tour with BIO27 curator Jane Withers.

 

 

 

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Guided Tour: Ria Hawthorn, BIO27 Super Vernaculars

Guided Tour / 28. 5. 2022 / 15:00

SAT, 28 May at 15.00   Global expansion and rampant capitalism at the expense of the planet has precipitated the climate catastrophe and accelerated the massive imbalance between humanity and the natural world. Super Vernaculars, the theme for BIO27, explores a growing and ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design traditions and practices from around the world to shape a radical vision for a more responsive and resilient future.   Join us for a guided tour with BIO27 assistant curator Ria Hawthorn.

SAT, 28 May at 15.00

 

Global expansion and rampant capitalism at the expense of the planet has precipitated the climate catastrophe and accelerated the massive imbalance between humanity and the natural world. Super Vernaculars, the theme for BIO27, explores a growing and ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design traditions and practices from around the world to shape a radical vision for a more responsive and resilient future.

 

Join us for a guided tour with BIO27 assistant curator Ria Hawthorn.

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SAT, 28 May at 15.00

 

Global expansion and rampant capitalism at the expense of the planet has precipitated the climate catastrophe and accelerated the massive imbalance between humanity and the natural world. Super Vernaculars, the theme for BIO27, explores a growing and ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design traditions and practices from around the world to shape a radical vision for a more responsive and resilient future.

 

Join us for a guided tour with BIO27 assistant curator Ria Hawthorn.

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BIO27 at Milano Design Week

Discussion / 8. 6. 2022 / 16:00

Opificio 31, 31 via Tortona, Milano   What is Super Vernaculars?   Join us for a panel discussion exploring the theme of BIO27 Super Vernaculars –  an ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design to create imaginative responses to contemporary challenges. With BIO27 curator Jane Withers, Marco Samichelli,  Anniina Koivu and Gaja Mežnarić Osole. Chaired by Jan Boelen, director of Atelier LUMA. The talk is organised as part of the exhibition New Times (Made in Slovenia) by Centre for Creativity (CzK).  

Opificio 31, 31 via Tortona, Milano

 

What is Super Vernaculars?

 

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the theme of BIO27 Super Vernaculars –  an ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design to create imaginative responses to contemporary challenges.

With BIO27 curator Jane Withers, Marco Samichelli,  Anniina Koivu and Gaja Mežnarić Osole. Chaired by Jan Boelen, director of Atelier LUMA.

The talk is organised as part of the exhibition New Times (Made in Slovenia) by Centre for Creativity (CzK).

 

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Opificio 31, 31 via Tortona, Milano

 

What is Super Vernaculars?

 

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the theme of BIO27 Super Vernaculars –  an ambitious movement that takes inspiration from vernacular design to create imaginative responses to contemporary challenges.

With BIO27 curator Jane Withers, Marco Samichelli,  Anniina Koivu and Gaja Mežnarić Osole. Chaired by Jan Boelen, director of Atelier LUMA.

The talk is organised as part of the exhibition New Times (Made in Slovenia) by Centre for Creativity (CzK).

 

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Guided Tour of Fužine Castle for English Speakers

Castle Guided Tour / next event: 4. 6. 2022 / 11:00

Built on commission from the Khisl family in mid-16th century, Fužine Castle is the only remaining renaissance castle in Ljubljana. At the time of its construction it served as a proof of wealth, reputation and political powers of its first owners. The castle changed hands already at the end of the century and then several times over the subsequent periods, which was all reflected in its building structure. An important addition was the hydroelectric power plant which was built in 1897 to serve the Vevče paper mill. Still operative today, the power plant is a unique example of technical history. In 1984, Fužine Castle was declared a cultural monument, and has been dedicated to museum activities and managed by the Museum of Architecture and Design since 1990. The castle is located in the Fužine area which received its name after the ironworks (Slovene: fužine) that were once operative on the river Ljubljanica.   The castle tour for english speakers will be given on last ...

Built on commission from the Khisl family in mid-16th century, Fužine Castle is the only remaining renaissance castle in Ljubljana. At the time of its construction it served as a proof of wealth, reputation and political powers of its first owners.

The castle changed hands already at the end of the century and then several times over the subsequent periods, which was all reflected in its building structure. An important addition was the hydroelectric power plant which was built in 1897 to serve the Vevče paper mill. Still operative today, the power plant is a unique example of technical history.
In 1984, Fužine Castle was declared a cultural monument, and has been dedicated to museum activities and managed by the Museum of Architecture and Design since 1990.
The castle is located in the Fužine area which received its name after the ironworks (Slovene: fužine) that were once operative on the river Ljubljanica.

 

The castle tour for english speakers will be given on last Sunday of every month at 11. a.m. by our associate Katarina Metelko.
Info: katarina.metelko@mao.si

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Built on commission from the Khisl family in mid-16th century, Fužine Castle is the only remaining renaissance castle in Ljubljana. At the time of its construction it served as a proof of wealth, reputation and political powers of its first owners.

The castle changed hands already at the end of the century and then several times over the subsequent periods, which was all reflected in its building structure. An important addition was the hydroelectric power plant which was built in 1897 to serve the Vevče paper mill. Still operative today, the power plant is a unique example of technical history.
In 1984, Fužine Castle was declared a cultural monument, and has been dedicated to museum activities and managed by the Museum of Architecture and Design since 1990.
The castle is located in the Fužine area which received its name after the ironworks (Slovene: fužine) that were once operative on the river Ljubljanica.

 

The castle tour for english speakers will be given on last Sunday of every month at 11. a.m. by our associate Katarina Metelko.
Info: katarina.metelko@mao.si

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