With the transformation of an unusable city bus into a mobile youth centre, we have created a mobile unit of needed infrastructure with programs and space for supporting youth. Rather than becoming a burden for the environment, the unusable city bus starts a new life cycle and it continues serving the residents in a different form.
Our initiative is the way forward to build more inclusive and better-connected neighbourhoods within the city as a whole. The mobile youth centre connects residents in the neighbourhoods and connects the neighbourhoods to each other. It provides youth and others a point of social life, creativity and a sense of belonging. Three stages have been planned, initially defined on a forecast of a 5-years life span of the once.
1. Refurbishing the bus with youth in a ‘learning by doing’ mentoring program + Usability test in the neighbourhoods (December 2018 – March 2020);
2. Conducting programs in the neighbourhoods, which are based on cultural projects as defined by and with local communities (March 2020 – 2025);
3. The new housing stage when the mobile youth centre becomes a home of culture and social life in the most needed neighbourhood (2025 – ).
Idea and leadership: Ksenja Perko, Mladi zmaji
Coordination: Marko Taljan, Mladi zmaji
Young Co-authors: Petra Dermota, Lea Dolinar, Petra Filipič, Matic Lesjak, Tana Logar, Timeja Liplin, Tina Ivnik, Zia Perko Rogelj, Evelin Radulović, Teja Samsa, Analina Štumberger, Eva Sešek, David Vavtar, Katarina Žniderič.
Mentors: Tadeja Bučar – Creative Nomads, Andrej Kurent – Preoblikovalnica, Andrej Mercina and Renata Smrkolj – Triiije, Andraž Tarman – Zavod Rompom
Public institution Young Dragons
Year of completion
Ljubljana Passenger Transport (LPP), Knauf Insulation d.o.o., Donar d.o.o., Varesi d.o.o., IVZ d.o.o., Public company Ljubljana parking lots and markets d.o.o. – Tržnica Moste