REPORT: ADAPT-R DAY LJUBLJANA 6-7TH JUNE
Alice Buoli and Dorotea Ottaviani
The ADAPT-r day held at the University of Ljubljana (UL) comprises of two days activities on
the topic of “context” (s ensitive, local, artistic ) coordinated by Tadeja Zupančič (Vice-Dean
for Research at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture).
The ADAPT-r day benefitted from the participation of a series of invited guests from the
Academy of Fine Arts, the Academy of Music and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and
Geodesy, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, the Faculty of Social Sciences of UL, KU
Leuven, Glasgow School of Art, Estonian Academy of Arts, UPC-ETSAB Barcelona and other
academic institutions from Slovenia, Croatia and Kosovo.
On the morning of Monday 6th June at the Faculty of Architecture, Karli Luik (UL ADAPT-r
fellow) presented the results of the workshop he lead with three groups of students during
the spring semester.
The workshop dealt with micro-urban and context-based interventions with an hands-on
approach, trying to weave interrelations between art and architecture.
On the afternoon a roundtable took place with the focus on the “impact of Faculty of
Architecture in Ljubljana”. The topics addressed by the participants were related to the role
and purposes of the School of Ljubljana in a wider context, what are the aims of research in
Architecture and the necessity to open up to the practice-based research as an equal
method of learning and teaching within the school.
Later the same day in the location of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of Ljubljana,
Federico Del Vecchio (UL ADAPT-r fellow) presented the first results of a research-led studio
directed by himself about the interrelation between the roles of the curator and the artist
named “Blurring the curatorial and creative practice”.
On the afternoon of 7th of June the session was introduced by a presentation by Johan
Verbeke (KU Leuven / coordinator of ADAPT-r) a bout the ADAPT-r project and a
presentation by the ADAPT-r Experienced Researchers (Alice Buoli – Estonian Academy of
art and Dorotea Ottaviani – Glasgow School of Art) on their topics of research about the Tacit
Knowledge and the Refinement of Methods. The session continued with a roundtable on the
topic of the development of doctoral programmes in the national context. The questions
arisen concerned, on a broaden terrain, the nature of the research and the nature of the
research in the art and creative fields and the idea that the differences of the practice-based
research from the scientific research are its strength, and that the practice-based PhD and
research methods are the natural continuation of the way a practitioner in the creative fields