ARK - Institute for Architecture and Culture

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Zavod ARK - inštitut za za arhitekturo in kulturo
Ravbarjeva ulica 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana
RegionSI-1
Petra Čeferin
petraceferin@mac.com
Phone386 (0) 31 621 360



Past Events
  • 16 December 2013
    A presentation of contemporary Slovene architecture and a screening of Small and Smart – Expressions of Contemporary Slovenian Architecture, produced by the Museum of Architecture and Design and ARK - Institute for Architecture and Culture, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Rome, at Casa dell'Architettura in Rome, Italy
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  • 28 September 2013
    A screening of Small and Smart: Contemporary Slovenian Architecture on Film, produced by the Museum of Architecture and Design and ARK - Institute for Architecture and Culture, at the Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisbon 2013 at Cinema City Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal
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  • 21 September to 5 October 2013
    A lecture by Boštjan Vuga entitled Production of Publicness and screenings of Stadium Stožice from the series Small and Smart: Contemporary Slovenian Architecture on Film, produced by the Museum of Architecture and Design and ARK - Institute for Architecture and Culture, at the opening of and during the exhibition SADAR + VUGA Architects: A Review at Gallery InCITE in Bangalore, India
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  • 6 May 2013
    A screening of Small and Smart: Contemporary Slovenian Architecture on Film, produced by the Museum of Architecture and Design and ARK - Institute for Architecture and Culture, and lectures by Jeff Bickert (ARK - Institute for Architecture and Culture) and Petra Čeferin (Museum of Architecture and Design), supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Budapest, at Kino in Budapest, Hungary
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  • 18 April to 30 April 2013
    New Slovenian Architecture, an exhibition by Damir Kovačič and screenings of Small and Smart: Contemporary Slovenian Architecture on Film produced by Museum of Architecture and Design and ARK - Institute for Architecture and Culture at BINA 2013 at Cultural Centre of Belgrade - Art Gallery in Belgrade, Serbia
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ARK - Institute for Architecture and Culture is a not-for-profit institution based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It was established in 2003 by Petra Čeferin, Jeff Bickert, Aljoša Kolenc and Maks Soršak. It is dedicated to architecture (practice, criticism and theory), design and the built environment in the broader realm of culture.

ARK conducts conferences, exhibitions, lectures, seminars, and issues publications. Noteworthy projects include Project Architecture: Creative Practice in the Time of Global Capitalism, a collection of essays published in 2010, and the Project Architecture conference, held in May 2009.

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Background

Petra Čeferin did her postgraduate studies in Finland and earned her doctorate in the framework of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, where she serves as an associate professor. In 2008, she received the Bruno Zevi Award for her essay "Transforming Reality with Architecture: The Finnish Contribution". She founded the ARK Institute together with Jeff Bickert, a producer, writer, editor and copywriter (BiG Design/BiG Architecture), Aljoša Kolenc, a researcher and lecturer (Academy of Design) and Maks Soršak (1964–2012), arts and media projects contributor and former consultant (assistant to the director at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana).

Projects

In 2005, the Ark Institute began collaborating with the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) by organising a lecture by Finnish architect and designer Illka Suppanen. A further series of lectures in 2006–2007 resulted in the book Architectural Epicentres: Inventing Architecture, Intervening in Reality. The 2009 international architectural conference The Next Step: Project Architecture brought several prominent names from Europe and America to Ljubljana.

In 2006–2007, ARK organised the Architectural Epicentres lectures at the Museum of Architecture and Design. These lectures focused on seven epicentres – Brazil and Mexico in the 1950s, Finland in the 1960s, Switzerland and the USA in the 1980s, Barcelona in the 1990s, and the Netherlands at the close of the 20th century. The closing lecture focused on Slovenia and the (im)possibility of it becoming one of the next architectural epicentres. The speakers were Keith L. Eggener, Hugo Segawa, Harri Kalha, Bart Lootsma, Nott Chaviezel, Mary McLeod, Jose Luis Echeverre, Yasushi Zenno, Rado Riha, and Boštjan Vuga of SADAR + VUGA Architects. The book Architectural Epicentres: Inventing Architecture, Intervening in Reality, edited by Petra Čeferin and Cvetka Požar, was published by the Museum of Architecture and Design in 2008.

Next Step: Project Architecture

In May 2009, The Next Step: Project Architecture conference was held at Cankarjev dom. The conference hosted a number of prominent names, including Kenneth Frampton of Great Britain (Columbia University, New York), Luis Fernández-Galiano of Spain (School of Architecture, Madrid University, editor of AV/Arquitectura Viva, Madrid), Rado Riha of Slovenia (Institute of Philosophy, Centre for Scientific Research at the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art, Ljubljana), Pier Vittorio Aureli of Italy (Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, visiting professor at the Architectural Association, London), Petra Čeferin of Slovenia (ARK Institute, visiting professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana) and William S. Saunders of the USA (Harvard University, editor of Harvard Design Magazine, Boston).

The purpose of the conference was to determine the role of architecture in today's world and to examine whether it is still possible, in the age of global capitalism, to maintain a critical position toward the dominant market-driven structures and practices. The full-day international architectural conference was organised in cooperation with the Museum of Architecture and Design and the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana.

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