AA Visiting School 2015

nanotourism: local vs. planetary

AA Visiting School Slovenia 2015 was a two-week, experimental architecture part of the Visiting School programme at the AA School of Architecture, London. This year the strategy nanotourism: local vs. planetary focused on the concept of experience tourism.

The proposals materialized in actions and structures seeking to create a comprehensible, tangible and novel experience of tourism. 

AAVSS 2015 developed three projects: DON’T PANIC and KSEVT as Playground

Model

Model title
nanotourism: local vs. planetary
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

DON’T PANIC
Together with the community of Vitanje, we have created an unique landscape installation to demonstrate the potential of space technology beyond its purely technical aspects. It is a social project, starting from a simple participatory event to show the world how a small community can communicate with our planet and the outer space. On Wednesday, July the 15th, 2015, the local and visiting population has created a land art sign, forming the phrase “DON’T PANIC” on the hillside around Vitanje. The event and the formation has been documented on several layers, with a drone, a small airplane and a satellite. Why is Vitanje with KSEVT in a unique position of communicating the “DON’T PANIC” message? The phrase refers to Douglas Adams novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, where the phrase is featured on the cover of the fictional guide book. Furthermore, Arthur C. Clarke, who knew Noordung’s book featured in KSEVT, communicates to us that “Douglas Adams’ use of don’t panic was perhaps ‘’the best advice that could be given to humanity”. Today’s global society is facing several conditions of uncertainty. Whether this is directed towards global issues of inequality, climate change, peace and dialogue – to only mention a few – or the more individual everyday life struggles that all of us are being challenged with – sometimes a simple and direct phrase is enough to remind us all that, like everything else, this too shall pass.
Project team: Gabrielle Pitacco/Asena Colak/Tina Čerpnjak/Moritz Benatzky/Florian Hummer

KSEVT as Playground 
Can KSEVT be a playground? The project was triggering unconventional ways of body movement and individual experiences of each visitor of KSEVT through the instalment of a highly specific specific spatial intervention. In reference to an old local children’s game, we have designed a spatial intervention, which will impose visitor’s various body movements in space and thus provide a dynamic bodily experience. We have used a participatory-action-research strategy to create an interactive experience in order to understand a diverse experience of individual transitions through a given space. As a result, we have created two objects for a twofold experience: the outdoor object, functioning as a permanent 3D playground in the form of a cube intertwined with climbing ropes; the indoor object is upgrading KSEVT’s central space, shifting the perception and physical experience of the unique round indoor space of KSEVT. 
Project team: Eva Vasileska/Martina Mataija/Katarina Bošnjak/Sanja Bušatli

DON'T PANIC, people involved in the landscape installation
DON'T PANIC, view from top
DON'T PANIC, view from the front
KSEVT as Playground, outdoor
KSEVT as Playground, indoor
KSEVT as Playground, indoor

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