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E-book On Information Design

The Museum of Architecture and Design published together with the co-publisher The Pekinpah Association an electronic book On Information Design edited by Petra Černe Oven and Cvetka Požar. The book registers one of the series of lectures in the theory of architecture and design Information Design 2009/2010 that ran from November 2009 to October 2010 at MAO. The lectures were the first lectures in our cultural region ever to focus on the topic of information design.

Six internationally recognized experts presented the field of information design to the Slovene public: Yuri Engelhardt, Rob Waller, Jorge Frascara, Karel van der Waarde, Malcolm Garrett and Karen Schriver. They spoke about the selection, visualization, interpretation, and communication of data. Each lecturer addressed a specific aspect of the information design, but the contributions have a few themes in common; information design that is focused on the needs of people, that is gaining interest among an increasing number of visual communication designers, that depends more on theory, empirical research and testing and improves communication.

Read and download for free the contributions of lecturers in the electronic book published in separate Slovene and English edition. (vertical format / horizontal format)

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MAO at Symposium Reactivate Sarajevo

Symposium is a part of Reactivate Sarajevo iniciative that discovers and engages with the latent problems as well as potentials of Sarajevo to create alternative ways for its development using spatial, socio-economic, cultural and programmatic tools. The inicaitaive sees Sarajevo as a citiy, where today numerous urgent urban challenges exist and can also represents an urban laboratory where multidimensional research and practice can work in synergy.

The Symposium taking place on September 23rd, 2016 at City Hall, Sarajevo, will include lectures and roundtable discussions with various stakeholders, from community leaders and academic partners, to international and local experts, government representatives, and participants from the non-profit sector, like MAO director and commisioner of Slovenian pavilion at La Biennale 2016 Matevž Čelik, Lucy Dinnen of Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Vladan Djokic, Dean of Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade and Hubert Klumpner, Urban-Think Tank and Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zurich.

Symposium will summarize previous activities, compare research and practice methods, and define next possible steps. More information.

The event coinciudes with the opening of the exhibition of the same name at 6.30 pm at Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of La Biennale di Venezia Collateral Events. More on the exhibition.

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Browse the Library!

Community And Privacy by Serge Chermayeff and Christopher Alexander chosen by Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič, Tokyo Style by Kyoichi Tsuzuki chosen by Konstantin Grcic, Virginia Wolf's A Room of One’s Own selected by Alice Rawsthorn, Tyin Tegnestue and Harry Potter 1-7 by J. K. Rowling or The Production of Space by Henri Lefebvre chosen by Jesko Fezer. At the end of the exhibition in Venice [Home at Arsenale], with around 300 books, will relocate to the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, to be continually available for public use.

Check out the selection of book at Home at Arsenale or download the full book list!

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The Story so Far

The Slovenian Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia was opened by commissioner Matevž Čelik, director of MAO. After thanking all that made Home at Arsenale possible, he highlighted the high-spirited approach of the curators Tina Gregorič and Aljoša Dekleva to creating and curating the national representation at La Biennale.

The second part of the official presentation saw Tina Gregorič and Aljoša Dekleva presenting the concept of [Home at Arsenale], a curated library. By establishing a site-specific wooden inhabitable structure, they conceived an abstract compact home which performs as a curated library and operates as a platform for exploring the concepts of home and dwelling. The curators emphasised that the installation is open to all potential visitors, since the curated library shows off many different genres and fields of knowledge. They invited participants from different cultural backgrounds as they wanted to have an insight into the notions of diverse cultures. The opening closed with participants like Arno Brandlhuber - BRANDLHUBER+, Matija Bevk - BEVK PEROVIC architetti, Rok Oman- OFIS arhitekti, Christian Pottgiesser - CHRISTIAN POTTGIESSER ARCHITECTURESPOSSIBLES (CPAP), Emmanuel Rubio discussing the books they chose for the library and the reasons behind the selection. Opening of the pavilion in photos>>

At Home at Arsenale
The material used for the pavilion is Slovenian wood, however the reason behind the selection goes beyond the national bond. The wood of the installation reflects the historical link between Venice and Slovenia, since wood from the Karst region was used extensively for the foundations of the city on water. Wood also represents Slovenia’s primary resource and therefore the pavilion highlights its underused potential as a construction material for domestic spaces.

At the pavilion Tina and Aljoša introduced a few items of domesticity to emphasize the realm of home. They choose products that were designed and produced in Slovenia: doormat (designed and custom made by Oloop), skateboard (designed and custom made by Murksli custom boards), REX chair and coffee table (designed by Niko Kralj and made by REX Kralj), bay laurel (homegrown), bicycle (designed and made by ROG). At the pavilion in photos>>

Guests and visitors
Since the opening, three interviews and talks have been conducted with the invited architects, artists, critics and curators from various backgrounds that are participating with their selection of books. In the first [Home at Arsenale] interview Alice Rawsthorn, renowned design critic and author of critically acclaimed Hello World: Where Design Meets Life has pointed the crucial issues within the debate on home and dwelling in the times when so many lack a home. Additionally, she argued her conceptual selection of books for the curated library – novels only. The interview with the founding partner of experimental architectural and urban practice Raumlaborberlin Jan Liesegang dealt with the seminal 1:1 spatial and social tests, he talked about his family experiences from using a temporary home on completely public space on Unter den Linden in Berlin and learning from “shabbyshabby” projects.  Furthermore, he outlined his selection of the self-built manual How to Build Your Own Building Structures, by Ken Isaacs, 1974. Interview with the acclaimed Mexican architect engaged in researches and projects on social housing Tatiana Bilbao from Estudio Tatiana Bilbao focused among other things on a modular low-cost prototype house system adaptable and expandable to the resident's needs, presented at the Chicago Architecture Biennale 2015. According to Tatiana home is about feelings, home is where you can create your own life, home can be created anywhere, but it can be also brought everywhere. Considering design as a specific response to the cultural and contextual environment, Tatiana Bilbao pointed out the importance of the Oscar Hagerman's lesson by presenting his book. He was crucial in the definition of her way of thinking about architecture.Talks at the pavilion>>

In the months after the opening, [Home at Arsenale] is inhabited by many different people, like children and families, researchers, experts and other diverse groups. Thanks to the presence of a vast heterogeneous collection of books and fascinating cocoon design of the structure, people are interacting with the installation intellectually and physically, while various groups of students and many individuals visit the Library and take the list of selected books home for further readings,  researches and perhaps as foundations for their own private libraries.

More at Home at Arsenale.

Report by curatorial assistant Silvia Susana.

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