24th Biennial of Design
Ljubljana, Slovenia
18. 9.—7. 12. 2014
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1Affordable Living

Open Call, 13 February 2014
In Slovenia, as in many parts of the world, contemporary cities seem to be filled with empty, unused buildings, kept off-limits by invisible policies and regulations. Simultaneously, city residents young and old face ongoing difficulties when it comes to housing, one of their basic rights. Questioning and exploring the causes and consequences of this trend, this team will develop strategies and tactics aimed at making contemporary affordable living a reality.

Reaction, 5 September 2014
Confronted with the large number of vacant and unused buildings in Slovenia, the team started by researching their potential for transformation into affordable housing. The Affordable Living team also addressed the legacy of modernist social housing estates built between the 1950s and 1980s, examining how to make these neighborhoods future-proof, both physically and socially. Starting from a multitude of perspectives, Affordable Living presents various insights and interpretations of what it means to live affordably and what affordable living can become.

RCKE/BIO 50 was part financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund.

Team mentors

Tadej Glažar, architect and professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana

Rianne Makkink, architect and designer, co-founder of Studio Makkink & Bey


Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region

Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana

ProstoRož, the community of architects and designers that investigates, verifies and opens up new possibilities for the use of public space in cities. www.prostoroz.org

Team members

Uroš Babnik, Lee Ivett, Adrian Friend, Dirk Osinga, Staša Dabič Perica, Georg Rafailidis, Maša Mertelj, Brina Vizjak, Lukas Wegwerth, Austin + Mergold (Jason Austin,Aleksandr Mergold), Martina Muzi, Silvia Dini Modigliani, Simon Beckmann, Gregor Bucik, Mika Cimolini, Aleš Ogorevc, Fala Atelier (Ana Luisa Soares, Filipe Magalhães)

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