3rdHand is an organization formed by a group of creative individuals, interested in socially engaged projects. We initiate them with great responsibility, but also with full idealism, because we believe that social initiatives play a crucial role in overcoming uniformity and in encouraging diversity. Our background is art/design and politics/social sciences and we are inclined to an inter-disciplinary approach. In order to preserve and improve our living environment, a change in mentality, thinking and our value system has to take place, that is why in our project we strive to connect the different levels of our society. Since 2005, 3rdHand has been working on many cooperation projects, but we have focused on socially engaged, critical and other educational platforms that enlighten, develop, and connect topics, which influence creative and other climates in Slovenia.
Our collaborations support collaborative platforms, open knowledge exchange and creative projects.
Throughout its existence we have always been looking for international collaborations. In recent years we established an ongoing collaboration with Aalto University from Helsinki. Together with Aalto, we realized a series of experimental workshops and projects (Face2Face, Marmelada, Emotional Window, Design Biotop).
We try to multiply the effect of our international connections by collaborating with different Slovenian organizations and media on each of our projects. On recent projects we successfully collaborated with Kino Šiška, ALUO, Ljudmila, SPIRIT Slovenia – Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Development, Investment and Tourism, MAD, Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of economic development and technology, Ljubljana Tourism, different galleries, public spaces companies and individuals).
Based on this cross section of topics Design Biotop is further working together with partners MAO and Future Architecture, supporters and other partners of the project ALUO – Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana, MGRT, and MOL.
Future Architecture is the first pan-European platform of architecture museums, festivals and producers, bringing ideas on the future of cities and architecture closer to the wider public.
The Future Architecture platform wants to introduce and celebrate innovation, experimentation and the ideas of a generation that will design the architecture and build Europe’s cities in the years to come. It will promote European innovation, architecture, culture, knowledge and social capital through a single common platform.
24 organisers from 19 countries – members of the platform are museums, festivals, publishers and architectural producers that play a role in the field of architecture in their local environment, serve as one of the main sources of architecture-related information, and have the skills to create outstanding, and widely-attended events.
Coordinating entity: Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana (SI); members: Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana (SI); members: MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome (IT),Copenhagen Architecture Festival (DK), Lisbon Architecture Triennale (PT), dpr-barcelona (ES), CANactions, Kiev (UA), Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona (ES), Društvo arhitekata Istre – Società architetti dell’Istria DAI-SAI (HR), Museum of Architecture in Wrocław (PL), Belgrade International Architecture Week (SR), House of Architecture, Graz (AT), Tirana Architecture Week (AL), Museum of Estonian Architecture, Tallinn (EE), Forecast, Berlin (DE), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (PT), Design Biotop, Ljubljana (SI), Bureau N, Berlin(DE), VI PER Gallery, Prague (CZ), Oslo Architecture Triennale (NO), Kosovo Architecture Festival (RKS); associate members: Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel (CH), Royal Academy of Arts (UK), Strelka, Moscow (RU), Architectuul