AA Visiting School

nanotouristic strategies

AA Visiting School Slovenia, a three week design-build-makeprogramme part of Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, was exploring possibilities of nanotourism on the relation of the building and institution of KSEVT, which generates 25.000 visitors per year, and Vitanje, the town of 600 inhabitants. “Exhibition as hotel”, “Accommodation Strategies in Vitanje” and “Objects of Activation” were three initial topics, which stimulated students to develop and test in scale 1:1 four strategic projects:
KSEVT hotel, Hang Out Vitanje, KSEVT Outdoor Community and Vitanje Expo @KSEVT.

Model

Model title
nanotouristic strategies
Location
VITANJE / SLO

Characteristics

Critical
4
considering architectural education as a unit system driven by each student’s enrolment
Social
4
involving students and local community
Participatory
4
collaborating with the local commnity
Responsible
3
non intrusive approach
Bottom up
2
rising from a local open issue
Inventive
4
being a unique educational and cultural programme
Site-specific
4
focusing on specific cultural aspects of Vitanje
Educative
4
re imagining the shape, form and expectations of architectural education
Local
4
involving the local economy

More about

HangOut Vitanje
KSEVT has changed the status quo of Vitanje, but its visitors come to see the exhibition and leave right after. HangOut Vitanje responded to this issue by researching and devising alternative accommodation strategies and activities, giving ksevt visitors or local residents a reason to explore the area for a longer period of time – from some hours to several days. HangOut Vitanje proposes an intrinsic experience of renting out a bag kit with a site-specific, XL lace hammock and a map with a set of site proposals to explore. New discoveries can be noted and uploaded to the project website, where personal spots of interest can be shared. Custom hammocks are produced by reworked traditional bobbing technique to fit specific sites and conditions. They offer a possibility of accommodation and space for activities, while all infrastructures, including the renting service, are available at ksevt. They represent an alternative to a conventional vision of a hotel.
Project team: Jurij Ličen / Janaina Lisiak / Anja Petek / Zizhengyan Yang

KSEVT Outdoor Community
The building of ksevt was planned to contain both: planetary programmes and local community cultural centre. ksevt Outdoor Community wanted ksevt to play a bigger role in the lives of Vitanje inhabitants. Analysing their needs and issues, a set of site specific socially engineered interventions were formulated in order to integrate people of Vitanje with ksevt and its assets. The team has organised all-day public event ksevt-fest, hosting football tournament with made-on-spot goulash, large scale chess board games and open air cinema evenings: kinoksevt. Active participation, of mostly younger population, at these events has clearly showed a critical need for outdoor social programmes related to ksevt. To sustain such activities, the team has equipped active participants with diy manuals and has built a series of simple, locally sourced wooden seats that foster a physical evidence and collaborative relationship between ksevt and the local community.
Project team: Dorian Vujnović / Marijan Ladić / Runze Wang

Vitanje expo @KSEVT
The team addressed objects of activation – in a form of structures, spaces or events – that connect people of Vitanje and users of ksevt on a social and emotional level. The connection was activated by joint participatory exhibition of products by local craftsmen and of photos taken by residents, based on initiative and set of precise questions of the team. The exhibition took place in the multi-purpose foyer of ksevt and coincided with the final jury and exhibition opening of the aa Visiting School. Vitanje expo @ksevt has questioned the institution of ksevt, to open up to the needs of the local community. Materialising the exhibition setup the team was using semi reflecting foil to convert generic foyer lightning into spot-lights and local wooden slats, half-products of local saw mills, for flexible, systematically organised and integrated exhibition system. 
Project team: Valentin Tribušon Ovsenik / Arafeh Sanaei / Aleš Žmavc

KSEVT hotel
How can ksevt accommodate sleep-overs? Site-specific added value to the ksevt exhibition is the experience of levitation in an environment of gravity. Team’s field of research was the transition from conventional 2d sleeping towards the experience of 3d sleeping. ksevt hotel offers two experiences. Individual, where the researcher can spend the night in ksevt by sleeping in a uniquely engineered levitation-suit, suspended in the central space of ksevt. Or collective, where a group of people can experience 3d sleeping as an extended feature of the exhibition, where a set of pyramid shaped cushions support your entire body in a custom 3d position while asleep. The concept of ksevt hotel and 3d sleeping embodies the unique program of ksevt – it fulfils the accommodation needs of the institution and furthermore upgrades already unique visitor experience.
Project team: Samo Bojnec, Natalie Jasinski, Kaja Švab, Vid Žnidaršič

KSEVT hotel
KSEVT hotel
KSEVT hotel
KSEVT hotel
KSEVT hotel
Hang Out Vitanje
Hang Out Vitanje
Outdoor community
Outdoor community
Outdoor community
Outdoor community
Outdoor community
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