Ksenija Ksenija Zdešar

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Ksenija Zdešar (*1988 in Ljubljana) studied architecture at the University of Ljubljana and the Technical University of Munich. She was a member of the European Architecture Students Assembly (EASA) before she started working for Muck Petzet Architekten in Munich and Berlin in 2014. The cooperative “a team” she created with Duy An Tran and Lukas Beer contributed to the Finnish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. From 2017, Ksenija Zdešar has freelanced in Finland and Ireland on experimental 1:1 projects built with natural materials. Since 2021 she works freely associated with c/o now.

Teaching:

2022: c/o now as Host "Work in Progress - Part II", HafenCity University Hamburg & University of the Arts Bremen [Two-Day workshop format happening in 3 different cities & hosted by 3 different practices w/ Sara Lusic-Alavanja, Daniel Springer, Tim Simon-Meyer; beside Ruangrupa and Summacumfemmer]

2021-: Collective Guest Professorship "c/o now" [Studio Urban] at "Die Architektur", Kunstuniversität Linz

Awards:

2022: Shortlist DAM Preis 2023 (for "Where the Wild Morels Grow...) awarded by Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt

Texts and Contributions:

2023: "Plötzlich ein Geschoss mehr - Über einen Kollektiven Hausbau in Dakar" Diana Artus, in: BaunetzWoche #611 [Interview with c/o now, Otto Sauhaus, Ousmane Toure]

2022: "Mon habitation. Mon île. Mon hétérotopie. c/o now im Gespräch mit der Kooperative PRISTA" in: Josef-Matthias Printschler & Lore Stangl (Ed.): Die Insel als Raum. Teil I: Positionen, Perspektiven und Näherungen, Wien/Stuttgart: Mev; [as c/o now, Interview] (ISBN 978-3-9820370-3-5)

2022: "Where the Wild Morels Grow..." in: Yorck Förster, Christina Gräwe, Peter Cachola Schmal (Hrsg.): Architekturführer Deutschland 2023, Berlin: DOM Publishers (ISBN 978-3-86922-814-3)

2022: "Where the Wild Morels Grow House" in: www.archdaily.com [Curated by Paula Pintos, on Where the Wild Morels Grow]

2022: "Wachsen lassen" in: www.baunetz.de [Dorit Schneider-Maas on Where the Wild Morels Grow]

2021: "Baunetzwoche Shortlist 2022. c/o now, Berlin: Solidarisch auf zwei Hochzeiten" in: BaunetzWoche #589 [Interview with c/o now conducted by Dorit Schneider-Maas]

2016: "Enter the Void", in:Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt (Ed.): Heimat in der Freme, Berlin, 2016 (w/ Ksenija Zdesar & Lukas Beer)

Exhibitions:

2022: Tbilisi Architecture Biennial 2022

2020: “Arhitektura Inventura 2018_2020”, Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, in co-operation with the Architects Society of Ljubljana

2016: "Enter the Void & Enter the Pavilion" in the Finish Pavilion at the 15. Venice Biennale of Architecture (w/ Ksenija Zdesar & Lukas Beer)

Lectures, panels [...]:

2022: "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche! Provocative Reports from the Capital of Neo-Feudalism." (Lecture Series "In Focus: Berlin, curated by Miroslav Pazdera, VI PER Gallery Praha)

2022: "Fight Club: Megha Kono-Patel vs. c/o now" (Part of the urban festival "You promised me a city", Hanover)

2022: "(Ex-)YU - Räume und Architekturen als Träger nationaler Erzählungen" (Lecture Series of the graduate college "Identität und Eerbe" by Bauhaus Universität Weimar, TU Berlin, Hochschule Anhalt, Fachhochschule Erfurt)

2022: "I asked myself, how much do you...? - Manifeste und Programme zur Architektur...?" (Talk Series "Talk Talk", Kunstuniversität Linz; w/ Peter Haimerl)