THE FERAL PALACE OPEN CALL:
MULTISPECIES DESIGN CHALLENGE
Trajna organization, in cooperation with the Center for Creativity, at the Museum of Architecture and Design, invites you to apply to The Feral Palace open call.
The Multispecies Design Challenge introduces principles of zöonomic methodology, multispecies urbanism, and more-than-human commoning as necessary foundations for designers' engagement with untamed sites in contemporary cities. Through the programme, curated by Danica Sretenović and Gaja Mežnarić Osole, you will be tasked to explore the role of your creative practice in the face of pressing ecological questions of our times. We invite you to investigate the diverse layers of the »Feral Palace«, which includes designing for regenerative economic models, all-inclusive ecosystems, multispecies urbanism and approaches to their representation.
5 translocal experts from the field of multispecies urbanism will be mentoring from 5 to 7 interdisciplinary groups that will be the first to highlight the (spatial) rights of multispecies communities in Slovenia.
Participants will create their projects under mentorship of the driving force behind the zoöp movement, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut), author of the term multispecies urbanism, Debra Solomon (Urbaniahoeve Foundation), social-ecological transformations researcher, Rok Kranjc (Institute for Ecology), co-founder of Krater creative laboratory, Gaja Mežnarić Osole (Trajna) and architect Danica Sretenović.
The programme brings together pioneering knowledge from the field and designers' ability to reflect conceptually on the unthinkable. No previous expertise with the topic is required.
HOW TO DESIGN FOR MULTISPECIES JUSTICE
The object of our collective investigation is Krater (ENG. crater), abandoned construction site that was gradually taken over by feral ecosystems. Though previously excluded from development plans and presently successfully coordinated by non-governmental organizations, Krater is not resilient – in fact, just the opposite is coming true: its multispecies community is to be paved and built over with a large complex, the Palace of Justice, conjoining three courts of justice and the adjacent park.
In order to find resilient ways of cohabitating future cities, we sensed the urge to invent novel perspectives of seeing and valorising untamed urban territories, ones which would inspire a shift in spatial planning towards design for multispecies justice. We thereby invite creatives to rethink the notion of the Palace of Justice with us.
Selected projects will be presented in the co-production programme with the Center of Creativity and exhibited under the satellite programme of Ljubljana’s Biennial of Design BIO27 Super Vernaculars, Design for a Regenerative Future.
Read more about the design challenge.
Design challenge will be supported with a series of talks on pioneering knowledge from the fields of zoönomy, multispecies urbanism and more-than-human commoning. The programme is intended for both participants of the design challenge as well as for practitioners who are interested in design for regenerative multispecies co-existence.
Klaas Kuitenbrouwer: The Practice of Zoönomy (online)
When: 22nd of March 2022 at 5 PM
Video of the talk.
Debra Solomon: Multispecies Urbanism and Public Space (online)
When: 6th of April 2022 at 5 PM
Video of the talk.
Rok Kranjc: Governing More-than-human Transformation (online)
When: 19th of April 2022 at 5 PM
Video of the talk.
This project is a part of a partnership network Platform Center for Creativity co-financed by the European Union from European Regional Development Fund and by the Republic of Slovenia.