ARK - Institute for Architecture and Culture

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Zavod ARK - inštitut za za arhitekturo in kulturo
Ravbarjeva ulica 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana
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Petra Čeferin
petraceferin@mac.com
Phone386 (0) 31 621 360
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Jeff Bickert
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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, 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, together with the larger realm of culture in general.

Typical projects include conferences, exhibitions, lectures, seminars, and publications. Recent projects include Project Architecture: Creative Practice in the Time of Global Capitalism (essays, 2010), and the Project Architecture conference of May 2009.

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Background

Petra Čeferin did her postgraduate studies in Finland and earned a doctor of science degree in the frame of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana where she is an Associate Professor. In 2008 she was honoured with a Bruno Zevi Award for her essay entitled 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, arts and media projects contributor and consultant (Assistant Director at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana).

In 2005 Zavod Ark started to collaborate with Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) organising a lecture of Finnish architect and designer Illka Suppanen. A further series of lectures in 2006–2007 resulted in a book Architectural Epicentres: Inventing Architecture, Intervening in Reality, while in 2009 an international architectural conference Next step: Project architecture brought to Ljubljana a few prominent names from Europe and America.

Lectures on Architectural Epicentres

In 2006–2007 ARK organised a series of lectures at the MAD under the title Architectural Epicentres. These lectures focused on seven epicentres – Brazil and Mexico in the 1950s, Finland in the 1960s, Switzerland and USA in the 1980s, Barcelona in the 1990s, and the Netherlands at the close of the 20th century, while the concluding lecture focused on Slovenia and the (im)possibility of its becoming one of the next architectural epicentres. The lecturers were Keith L. Eggener, Hugo Segawa, Harri Kalha, Bart Lootsma, Nott Chaviezel, Mary McLeod, Jose Luis Echeverre, Yasushi Zenno, Rado Riha and Boštjan Vuga (cf. 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 conference

In May 2009 the Next step: Project architecture conference was held at Cankarjev dom, hosting many prominent names like Kenneth Frampton, Great Britain (Columbia University, New York), Luis Fernández-Galiano, Spain (School of Architecture, Madrid University, editor of AV/Arquitectura Viva, Madrid), Rado Riha, Slovenia (Institute of Philosophy, Centre for Scientific Research at the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art, Ljubljana), Pier Vittorio Aureli, Italy (Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, visiting professor at the Architectural Association, London), Petra Čeferin, Slovenia (ARK Institute, visiting professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana) and William S. Saunders, 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 address the question whether in the time of global capitalism it is still possible to maintain a critical position toward the dominating 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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