Workshop in Topolò / Topolove  

on the expansion of the forest onto the formerly agricultural terraces around the village

Within the context of this three-day workshop (18.- 20. 4. 2024), landscape architecture students from the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana developed several possible scenarios for arranging and maintaining the landscape around the Topolò / Topolove village (IT).

The goal of the workshop was to generate plans for the village to manage the expansion of the surrounding forest onto the formerly agricultural terraces. At the end of the workshop, proposals were presented to local residents and a lively discussion about possible futures of co-existing with the landscape that surrounds the village took place.

The workshop was led by Professor Ana Kučan (Department for Landscape Architecture, Biotechnical Faculty, UL) in collaboration with the Robida Collective as well as Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory (Urška Jurman) and Mateja Kurir.

Special thanks to Robida for hosting us, and to the participating students, Ula Lavtar, Jure Gruden, Živa Gostinčar, Ela Trojar, Ana Pilko, and Tim Gerdin, for their drawings and research, and their detailed preparations of a range of scenarios.

Photos by Elena Chirila, Urška Jurman, Mateja Kurir and Tim Gerdin.