A Lecturer in Landscape Architecture has been instrumental in creating a series of new installations in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The "Common Places" installations in the neighbourhood of Nove Fužine, which is home to some 18,000 inhabitants, was conceived as a constellation of public space micro-interventions related to built or natural pre-existing conditions within the area's modernist housing scheme. Tiago Torres-Campos, together with the Chilean-French architecture office Plan Común, developed the project in conjunction with the Museum of Architecture and Design Slovenia (MAO) as a kick-off event for the Biennale of Design Slovenia BIO25 in the context of Future Architecture platform.
The organised system aims at upgrading a series of identified common places by forging meaningful connections with their histories, spatial and atmospheric attributes, cultural role and social relevance. By working closely together as a constellation, the interventions also make a gesture towards developing a distinct relationship between the museum’s public grounds and its surroundings in an effort to strengthen the connection and encourage unexpected encounters between the local residents and visitors to the museum.
The interventions follow one main typology: they are small plinths made of brick, all strategically placed throughout the neighbourhood; in the museum courtyard, along the river, in the historic garden, the community centre or behind the famous bus stop design by Saša J. Mächtig that looks out onto the surrounding fields. The devices construct, develop or reinforce different uses of public space and specific relations with the surroundings; platforms for contemplation, meeting points, stages for events, concerts or lectures, or simply structures on which to sit and enjoy the communal life of the neighbourhood.
This project allowed their authors to further develop their collaborative research around the opportunities of engaging modular solutions with public space’s transformation and resilience. Other projects include “Modular Topographies” (Lisbon Triennial 2016).