September 23, 2014 - Biennial of Design Ljubljana - Winners of the Best Collaboration Awards announced
September 23, 2014

Winners of the Best Collaboration Awards announced

Photo: Ana Kovač.

BIO 50
24th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia

September 18–December 7, 2014

Museum of Architecture and Design 
Biennial of Design
Pot na Fužine 2
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

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The winners of the Best Collaboration Awards were revealed at the Biennial of Design

Chief Curator: Jan Boelen, Z33
Co-curators: Cvetka Požar, Maja Vardjan, MAO

The Museum of Architecture and Design proudly announced the winners of the Best Collaboration Awards  of the Biennial of Design at the opening of the event on 18 September in Ljubljana. Following the lecture and talk with Alice Rawsthorn, Justin McGuirk and Jan Boelen, the announcement of award-winners was the highlight at the official opening ceremony. The diverse crowd of designers, multidisciplinary agents, architects, companies, institutions’ representatives, partners, museum’s visitors and design enthusiasts came together at the opening of the Biennial of Design to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the event. 

Brought together by the experimental framework that shaped BIO 50 curated by Jan Boelen, the eleven groups tackled the themes of Affordable Living, Knowing Food, Public Water Public Space, Walking the City, Hidden Crafts, The Fashion System, Hacking Households, Nanotourism, Engine Blocks, Observing Space and Designing Life, creating specific projects to be implemented during the Biennial and beyond. 

Among the projects the BIO 50 jury, comprised of industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, design critic Alice Rawsthorn and designer and professor Saša J. Mächtig, selectedfouraward-winners. The BIO 50 Award was given to projects by Nanotourism group led by mentors Tina Gregorič and Aljoša Dekleva. “From a collaborative perspective, Nanotourism is both ambitious and highly complex and has dealt with a range of local communities with sensitivity and charm, while demonstrating the ever more eclectic nature of design and its potential to improve the quality of everyday life,” explained the jury in the report. 

The groups Designing Life, Engine Blocks and Fashion System received Honourable Mentions. While the Designing Life reinterprets the relationship between design and science in provocative and polemical way, the Engine Blocks makes an intriguing contribution to the emerging culture community of D.I.Y. makers and the Fashion System raises awareness of a neglected Slovenian resource. “In an intensely turbulent era when we face radical, potentially destructive changes on so many fronts, BIO 50 plays an indispensible role in suggesting possible solutions,” also highlighted the BIO 50 jury. 

BIO 50 is shaped by the exhibition 3, 2, 1 … TEST, which presents the process and projects developed by each of the groups. It is further enhanced by the retrospective exhibition The Biennial of (Industrial) Design over 50 Years, and complemented by BIO 50: NOW, a lively program of side events featuring guided tours, lectures, exhibitions, children workshops and other activities. The exhibition BIO 50: 3, 2, 1 … TEST will be displayed until 7 December at the Museum of Architecture and Design, Jakopič Gallery and Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. 

For this year’s edition, the Biennial has maintained strong connections with the main partners, sponsors and supporters. Their support allow establishing a new, innovative form of the Biennial as a highly relevant international design event. The main partners of the BIO 50 became the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region and its Regional Creative Economy Centre and company Eles, d. o. o.

The BIO 50 award: Nanotourism
Team mentors: Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič
Partner: Architectural Association (AA), School of Architecture, Visiting school
Team members: Barbara Nawrocka, Dominika Wilczyńska, Žiga Rošer, Silvia Susanna, Living Courtyards Initiative/ Association House (Katja Beck Kos, Nadja Dodlek, Maša Kresnik, Samo Lorber, Kaja Pogačar, Maja Pegan, Niko Poljanšek, Tajša Perović, Robert Veselko), Maja Jenko, Oaza (Nina Bačun, Ivana Borovnjak, Roberta Bratović, Tina Ivezić, Maja Kolar, Ana-Marija Poljanec), Marjeta Fendre, Alessandro Fonte, Blaž Šef

Honourable mention: Designing Life
Team mentors: Jurij Krpan, William Myers
Partner: Kapelica Gallery
Team members: Dimitrios Stamatis, David Benque, Špela Petrič, Pei-Ying Lin, Jasmina Weiss

Honourable mention: Engine Blocks
Team mentors: Gaspard Tiné-Berès and Tristan Kopp
Partner: Tomos, d. o. o. 
Team members: Antoine Monnet, Ricardo Carneiro.

Honourable mention: Fashion System
Team mentors: Tina Hočevar, Eugenia Morpurgo, Evan Frenkel
Partners: Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, University of Ljubljana; Nataša Peršuh, SQUAT 
Team members: Tanja Pađan, Elena Fajt, Clara Vankerschaver, Nina Mlakar, Linda Ogrizek, Martina Obid, Tijana Todorovič, Tjaša Avsec, Nataša Kovač, Olivia de Gouveia, and pH15 (Lucija Jankovec, Nika Batista, Katja Grčman, Maruša Kranjc, Karmen Sedeljšak, Ana Jazbec, Elena Fajt)

 

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