Open Call: Urban Realities

Posted on: 7th May 2015

Call for participation: urban realities

Wanted: your creative vision for abandoned construction pits in Ljubljana (SI)

by Boštjan Bugarič and Mateja Kurir

In cooperation with the Museum of Architecture and Design Ljubljana an interactive Blind Date of European architects, planners and experts in urban development will be organised in autumn 2015. Under the title “Urban Realities” a collaboration of three selected teams together with local experts will be started. Invited architects and planners will work on a concrete topic and on abandoned construction pits in the city of Ljubljana.

A city walk through Ljubljana will open the event. Together we will discover abandoned pits and learn about the existing reality. A proposal of future uses of these sites will be developed within a discussion of the international teams and local experts. The visions for new urban realities will be presented to and discussed with the audience in a public event in the evening.

Call for Participation

Wonderland – platform for European architecture – is looking for an “out of the architecture box” approach and is inviting all experts to apply for this interactive Blind Date! We are looking for a vision to integrate these areas into the urban structure of Ljubljana. However, there are some points, which could help generating visions:

  • Functional reuse and connection of the sites to the city
  • Symbolic meaning and inclusion of the community
  • Property solutions
  • Temporary use as a solution
  • Sustainability as a general principle

This year we continue to connect architects, urban planners and experts from other fields. Therefore wonderland is announcing this open call for participation and invites teams from all over Europe to take part in the event in Ljubljana (SI). Urban Realities will take place on 24th of September 2015.



May 01, 2015                                  International Call for Participation

June 01, 2015                                Deadline for Application

June 30, 2015                                Selected teams will be contacted and invited to participate

September 24th, 2015                 Urban Realities – Blind Date in MAO, Ljubljana


All the events will take place at Museum of Architecture and Design Ljubljana, Slovenia: Museum of Architecture and Design, Grad Fužine; Pot na Fužine 2; 1000 LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA



To apply please use the enclosed doc or pdf attachment to this call. A jury formed by wonderland board members and local organisation partners will choose the best applications to exhibit in MAO Ljubjana (SI) and honour the most innovative, motivated and interesting applications to join in 3 international teams for the Blind Date in Ljubljana (SI). The winners will be supported with adequate travel compensation. Workshop results will be published on the web and in wonderland’s next exhibitions and/or publications, such as the annual report. Participants will also receive the unique opportunity of becoming a wonderland member for the next two years for free and benefit from our services. Interested?


Please use the application form and submit your entry via e-mail to blinddate[at]

The deadline for submissions is the 1st of June 2015.



In case of further questions don’t hesitate to contact us: Boštjan Bugarič through [email protected]


This project is possible thanks to Museum of Architecture and Design/Ljubljana (SI), BKA/Vienna (AT) and Arch+Ing/Vienna (AT).