Post By Mitja Vovko
on 29. Sep 2009

The summer workshop report

In the last days of August, the final act of this year's Trimo Urban Crash took place. An interactive workshop, attended by the short-listed students was held in Hostel Celica in Ljubljana, Wednesday August 26th through Saturday August 29th. Students from Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia visited the Slovenian sights, got to know some of the recognizable Slovenian architecture and created projects in the workshop led by Daan Roosegaarde, Dutch architect and a visual artist.

Daan in the Hostel Celica window

On Wednesday, the participants went on an excursion: they visited the most successful creations in the field of Slovenian living architecture. After seeing the Tetris residential complex by OFIS arhitekti group, students visited the new student housing complex Poljane. The visit was moderated by Matija Bevk of the Bevk-Perovi� bureau, authors of said housing complex. A visit to the Trimo company followed where they were introduced to the production line, the company itself and its newest products. As the city of Novo mesto was just around the corner, they later visited its historic center, Tu� Center Novo mesto shopping mall, the photogenic valley of the river Krka and concluded their trip with a visit to the business complex of the successful family enterprise Akrapovi�.

Housing Poljane

Pretorian - a modern sports complex in Novo mesto

Shopping centre in Novo mesto

Group photo with Slavojka and Igor Akrapovi�

Thursday was all about studying. Daan Roosegaarde presented examples and shared his thoughts on the most successful projects of Studio Roosegaarde and lectured on the subject of interactivity. The students then received a task in which they could express their interpretation of interactivity in connection with the architecture of Ljubljana. After visiting the medieval Ljubljana and scouting for locations, students returned to Celica to start working on their group concepts.

Scouting in the center of Ljubljana

Working on the projects continued throughout Friday, as the ideas and concepts were formed into final presentations. In the afternoon, members of the three groups presented their works to the commitee, comprised of Daan, Milo� Ebner (R&D Director, Trimo) and myself. The works (see below) demonstrated a high degree of quality and opened some new questions regarding interactivity. If time permitted, we would gladly explore all of those ideas.

Group work

On the last day of the workshop, architectural guide Sa�o Jankovi� joined the students and together they visited some of the most recognizable examples of architecture in northern Slovenia: Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, Brdo Congress Centre, medieval city of Radovljica, city of Bled, IEDC Business School (work of Vojteh Ravnikar) and the city of Kranjska Gora.�

In Novo mesto, on Kandijski bridge

Inside Lectar, a traditional restaurant in Radovljica. "Lect" is similar to a honey cake.

Inside Brdo Congress Centre

IEDC Business School

The results of this year's workshop are three quality interpretations of relations between architecture and interactivity. The most successful project, made by Croatian and Italian students was awarded while all three projects are posted below for your viewing and commentary. And we are anxiously awaiting the next Trimo Urban Crash competition in 2011, which will surely offer some even more exciting locations and challenges.

Group 1 � interaction by touch

Everyone leaves tracks behind. By putting a substance on the city streets (in this case, flour) we can observe where people went, the way they walked, what shoes they wore � if any, etc. This intervention also involved many passers-by who, worried that the flour might soil their shoes, engaged in a conversation with the authors. Success!




Group 2 � interaction by sight

The sunlight casts different shadows during the day. Architecture can be used in a sophisticated manner by shaping the buildings� exteriors so that they produce shadows in different shapes throughout the day, always surprising the observer. This project was recognized and awarded as the best of the three.




Group 3 � interaction by sound

In the era of various social media where people communicate intensively through the internet, this project suggests going out and trying to communicate in real life. Since talking to strangers is not as easy as through the computer, special pipes are introduced (as some kind of a materialization of the web). On each side of the pipes, there are microphones and loudspeakers attached. The pipes connect specific sounds of the city - bring voices from main squares to places far away, bring sounds of zoo to the city center, etc., thusly creating �United sounds of Ljubljana�.




Mitja Vovko is an architect and R&D consultant for Trimo.