March 16 marked the beginning of voting for the best student architectural project-solution that will energize Metelkova City in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. Until April 6, visitors to the Trimo Urban Crash website can rate the 19 short-listed projects, selected from among all 147 submitted projects by the international nine-member expert jury. The winning solution will be realized on location this summer.
After finishing, the jury members reflected on their work:
Miloš Florijančič, competition curator, architect and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana, Slovenia: “The surprise was already immense while we were following the arrival of the project solutions. Their number and origin completely “derailed” us. Who knew that Trimo Urban Crash would prove to be such a challenge. The jury members, arriving from five different countries and to whom I am once again offering thanks, had a difficult job. Although there was only one location, determining some satisfactory criteria applicable to all the submitted proposals was difficult, due to the sheer number of submissions. We decided on five evaluation points, common to all the submissions: corresponding content, relation to place, adequate body, flashing, and technical and safety measurements. We were looking for floor, perhaps walls or roof, a “non-house” definition, light-heavy ratio, open-closed ratio, not as much an object, more of a “subject”.”
Dutch visual artist Daan Roosegaarde offers: “Competitions like this offer Trimo a chance to put their money where their mouth is, since the winning project is realised in the end. The majority of the submitted projects was quite modernistic, focused largely on the visual aspect of the proposed installation, while some interesting applications of Trimo products were proposed.”
Tomaž Furlan, representative of Metelkova City adds: “For a specific location like Metelkova City, creating an installation is not an easy task. I believe the winning solution will be embraced by the public and will, in time, start its own life at Metelkova.”
All submitted projects can be viewed on the Trimo Urban Crash website; and visitors can rate the 19 short-listed projects up until April 6, 2009. The winning solution, garnering the most jury and public votes together, will be realized in Metelkova mesto this summer. The winning author will be awarded a summer session at an internationally acclaimed school of architecture. The three best projects will be realized virtually, and the authors of the short-listed projects will attend a Trimo architectural workshop in Slovenia.
The submitted projects were evaluated by an international expert jury comprised of architects, professors of architecture, sculptors and visual artists. The most interesting and suitable project solutions were selected by Miloš Florijančič, competition curator, architect and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Miloš Ebner, Design and R&D Director, Trimo, Slovenia; Graeme Feechan, Group Concept Coach in 3D Reid’s Manchester office, UK; Tomaž Furlan, sculptor, visual artist and representative of Metelkova mesto, Slovenia; Jelena Grujić, architect and winner of the first Trimo Urban Crash competition, Serbia; Janez Koželj, Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana and Vice-Mayor of the City of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Daan Roosegaarde, visual artist from Rotterdam, the Netherlands; architect and sculptor Stevan Tesić, working in-cooperation at Politecnico di Milano, Italy; and Mitja Vovko, architect and R&D design engineer, Trimo, Slovenia.
The second Trimo Urban Crash international competition for students of architecture, organized by the Trimo company, is well under way. The competition, challenging future architects by encouraging the creative transformation of the urban environment with the help of advanced building materials and technologies, ran from November 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009. Students from 17 countries across the globe answered the challenge and submitted 147 solutions for an urban meeting place, info spot or an alternative cultural stage. The venue will be built in Metelkova City, a unique cultural and artistic zone in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana.