human / technical / personal

MAY 22, 2020
City of Design, Dunajska cesta 123, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Globalisation crisis and critical regionalism


The conference is intended to discuss the concept of critical regionalism (Kenneth Frampton) in the third millennium and examine how shall that concept, which does not only represent a certain architectural theory, but also spatial practice, help us resolve crises which are becoming, at least in terms of space, increasingly global, be it urban, ecological, financial or health crises. By means of the phenomenology of senses (Juhani Pallasmaa) and by utilising spatial principles, it may be possible to steer architectural and urban development by joining the modern and the traditional, the scientific and the artistic, the technological and the natural. Such urban development shall no longer be only sustainable, but also a sustain for the future.

In a world where technology seems to be the driving force in our everyday living and working, maintaining the human touch and togetherness has never been more important. Working and creating together can benefits not just the design process and the work of the studio, but the growth of our own being as well.

Instead of different postmodern „virtual reality“ and even „reality shows“, where people are loosing themselves alike in ancients labyrinths; everyone need simply to reveal the real. We don’t need „overview“ only between objective and subjective, technical and human, outside and inside – we need The Insight in site, here and now!

Curators: Janko Rožič (Odprti krog) & Erik Jurišević, Mirjana Lozanovska, Silvija Shaleva (KONNTRA)

Interlacing of demands and human-centered design


Intelligent façades no longer represent an added value, but an inevitable necessity, so that a building can function properly. Advances in building technology, tightened requirements of the legislative bodies resulting from environmental causes, and higher expectations of various building users, push the development of an outer building skin even further. Façades are becoming adaptive, interactive and intelligent in order to meet the demands of time. Its design shall determine the benefits a facade can have on its occupants, its impact on the surrounding environment or its effect on building energy efficiency. It can, among other things, improve the natural lighting conditions of the interior space, contribute to unisturbed views to the outside, enable fresh flow of air, and harvest water or energy from the sun, among other aspects. And yet, a façade is still the face of a building which is shown to the outside world. It represents an exterior of a building which can now, with the evolvement of a building skin, be freer in expression and can be more communicative with the outside world.

Curator: dr. Jernej Markelj