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Slovenian pavilion opens at Venice Architecture Exhibit

Venice, 24 May - The Slovenian pavilion will open at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice today, featuring a project entitled Living with Water.

Venice, Italy
The 15th International Architecture Exhibition.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA
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The project, which features two installations, has been curated by Matevž Čelik, the director of the Museum of Architecture and Design from Ljubljana, who is convinced architecture shares the blame for climate change.

He commissioned a group of 13 architects, landscape architects, urban planners, researchers and strategists to explore what attitude architecture has towards water, how this attitude has changed through history and how to put water in the focus of decision-making.

The first installation is based on a fountain designed by acclaimed architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) as part of his plans for a new parliament building in Ljubljana that have not materialised.

The interactive fountain will enable visitors to express their views and reflections on policies related to water.

It was conceived and designed by architects Bika Rebek and Miloš Kosec and water management expert Marta Vahtar.

The other group was coordinated by architect Maj Plemenitaš and landscape architect Bradley Cantrell, and developed a series of installations exploring relations between hydrological systems and constructed objects and landscapes.

The Slovenian pavilion is located at the Arsenal venue and is opening two days before the official launch of the biennial exhibition of architecture.

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