The Forbidden Vernaculars Assembly: Round Table & Tea Ceremony

13. 9. 2022 / 12:00

The Forbidden Vernaculars Assembly: Round Table & Tea Ceremony

13. 9. 2022 / 12:00

MAO Youtube and Facebook


Despite the ecological renaissance which places sustainability at the heart of public ethics, the contemporary administrative frameworks in Slovenia still seem to restrain the profileration of regenerative material cultures. As one of the production platforms of the biennial, the Krater collective, in dialogue with Atelier LUMA and BC Architects, has researched rammed earth architecture and locally sourced building materials. Materials such as clay, wood or straw bales are either imported from abroad, and consequently too expensive for most, or used in construction illegally. As the legislation currently stands, local landscapes seem to appear as forbidden vernaculars.


In response to the ongoing environmental crisis, the interdisciplinary team of designers, architects, ecologists, permaculturists and journalists posed an important question: Could a dormant construction site reclaimed by the collective become a landscape-based forum to discuss the accessibility of locally sourced materials in Slovenia?


The rich resources of the rewilded site enabled material experimentation with wild clay, invasive plants and gravel as construction materials for building a site-specific rammed earth tea pavilion for BIO27. The new space is now set to host a convivial translocal assembly with practitioners and decision-makers who will, during the round table, experience a performative tea ceremony with the herbal tea in wild clay vessels sourced from the urban site. Discussing the legal, social and ecological implications of designing with local materials will hopefully support a fresh start in making these forbidden practices part of the vernacular again.


Join the conversation through the live broadcast! 


The event will be streamed via MAO Youtube and Facebook channels, event will be held in English.


Register at the link.


Nina Kozin, architect and natural builder
Anton Pugelj, founder of Gnezdo shop
Andrej Fideršek, co-founder of Zero Waste Žalec civil initiative
Robert Veselko, director of RVA Architecture Office
Rok Oblak, founder of micro craft enterprise Salto Dyonis
Gaja Mežnarić Osole, co-founder of Trajna
Dr. Mateja Golež, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute
Daniel Bell, Atelier Luma
Aljaž Celarc, co-founder of Mandrova House

Matevž Čelik, State Secretary on Ministry of Culture


Ajda Bračič, founder of Kajža


Tea serving performance
Liza Šimenc, Darinka Pilári


Visual Identity
Studio Kruh


Technical Support
Radio Študent


Forbidden Vernaculars contributing authors
Gaja Mežnarić Osole, Rok Oblak, Andrej Koruza, Altan Jurca Avci, Primož Turnšek, Sebastjan Kovač, Gaja Pegan Nahtigal


Tea Pavilion Builders
Lyson Marchessault, Manca Hrovat, Katarina Živković, Sandra Revuelta, Kinga Gacsályi, Jana Stankić, Elias Brun, Ahmed Othman, Daniele Cristini


Trajna, Salto Dionys and BIO27 in cooperation with the Center for Creativity Slovenia at MAO


Thanks to:
Daniel Bell, Jasper van der Linden, Aline Burle, Nina Kozin, Anton Pugelj, Aljaž Celarc, Anja Slapničar, Skodlarstvo Bohinj, Andraž Tarman, Knjižnica reči, BIO27 team

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