TrajekT, Institute for Spatial Culture
|Trajekt, Zavod za prostorsko kulturo, Ljubljana|
|V Murglah 133, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Anja Planišček, Head|
|Anja Koršič Mravlje, Editor|
|Maša Ogrin, Editor|
|Aleksander Vujović, Editor|
|Meta Kutin, Editor|
- Unfinished Modernisation - Between Utopia and Pragmatism, 2010
TrajekT, Institute for Spatial Culture was established and registered as a private institute by architects Bevk Perović Arhitekti, of , and and of Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti. They were later joined by landscape architects and of Studiobotas., , of
In 2003 the group launched the Trajekt.org website to stimulate independent critical and research-oriented discussions about social, economic, and design phenomena related to spatial culture, visuality, design, and the applied arts. The website also serves as an up to date portal with news on events and awards and other important happenings in the field of architecture in Slovenia.
Later the organisation expanded its activities with exhibitions, seminars, and workshops, one noteworthy example of the latter being TraktaT Architectural Jury. Held in 2007 and 2008, the writing workshop focused on architectural critique as a point of departure for the analysis of the sociological, political, economic, environmental, and technical impacts of city development. The seminar consisted of lectures from leading theorists and writers on architecture and built environments – Adam Budak (Kunsthaus Graz, Austria), Korpus Ljubljana, Slovenia) and (Maska Institute, Slovenia).(
TrajekT has co-organized a number of exhibitions providing an in-depth look into particular chapters in the rich history of modern architecture and design in Slovenia. The exhibition Architects France and Marta Ivanšek, curated by Studiobotas, opened at the Museum of Modern Art in the spring of 2010. The exhibition shed light on the work of two Slovene architects who had a great impact on the development of Slovene architecture (including interior design) and society in the second half of the 20th century. Nine Coins, a design exhibition of special issue coins by and of was shown at the City Museum of Ljubljana in December 2009.and and designed by
The international seminar on wood architecture 3 x Wood featured an exhibition, and was the result of collaboration between TrajekT and the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana. It took place at the Faculty of Architecture in April 2007.
In 2014, TrajekT organised the Bilo:Je exhibition in collaboration with. The exhibition aimed to provide unique insights into Slovene Modern architecture in the period from 1935 to 1975 using archive photographs. The Archive footage was supplemented with new photography prepared by students of the photography department of the Higher School of Applied Science in Ljubljana. The Bilo:Je exhibition also had a digital component, with a number of photographs available to browse on the TrajekT website.
Research and online projects
TrajekT collaborated in publishing the Architectural Guide, a searchable online directory of relevant architectural works in the Ljubljana area. TrajekT also created the Evidence and Evaluation of Slovene Modern Architecture 1945–70 website, which presents users with a selection and description of 120 buildings the website authors feel define the period.
The POT/PATH project researched the largest public green space in Ljubljana led to the publication of a book in 2006. The research confirmed the importance of the recreational footpath in the context of Ljubljana green space system and revealed opportunities for improving it.
In 2004 Trajekt received the Plečnik Award for cultural achievements in the field of architecture. The medal, presented by the Plečnik Fund, was granted to also in 2007 for the exhibition Architect – Slovene Architecture in the Period of Socialism.
Supported by the Culture 2007–2013 programme of the European Commission – EACEA, the project Unfinished Modernisations – Between Utopia and Pragmatism is a long-term collaborative platform of six organisations from four countries: TrajekT and Maribor Art Gallery (Slovenia), the Croatian Architects' Association and the Institute for Contemporary Architecture (Croatia), the Belgrade Architects Society (Serbia), and the Coalition for Sustainable Development (Former Republic of Macedonia). Their goal is to research and disseminate knowledge about the production and use of the built environment in South Eastern Europe and to foster the trans-national collaboration and mobility of architects, planners, artists, and urban activists both within the region and in the broader European context.
Since 2008 TrajekT has been working on the project PoLok with partners Institute for Spatial Policies, and the Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network (CBNRM Net). The aim of the project is to bring together people that participate actively in the creation of inhabitant-friendly neighbourhoods. The project is supported by a grant through the EEA Financial Mechanism (supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.