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The National Treasure, the Real Estate Speculators and a Heritage Battle: The Story of Joze Plecnik's Stadium in Ljubljana

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Architect, editor and publicist Miloš Kosec on the story of Joze Plecnik's Stadium in Ljubljana and its exclusion from the Unesco World Heritage List. Online.

In 2021, the Ljubljana opus of the idiosyncratic Slovene architect Jože Plennik (1872-1957) was listed on the Unesco World Heritage List. But not quite all of them: Plennik's Stadium, completed in 1935, was excluded because of a threat of destruction through a radical public-private »redevelopment« supported by the Municipality of Ljubljana. Seen alternatively as a heritage-saving renovation by its stakeholders and heritage obliteration by the professional community, the Stadium still remains the unresolved battleground where commodification of Plennik's heritage, real-estate speculation and community action meet.      
Miloš Kosec is an architect, editor and publicist living and working in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Ljubljana University with the Master's thesis Ruin as an Architectural Object, published as a book in 2013. Miloš completed his PhD in 2019 at Birkbeck College, University of London, with a thesis Passivism: Activism and Passivity in Contemporary Architecture. He is employed as a custodian in the Museum for Architecture and Design in Ljubljana and is an Associate Research Fellow at School of Arts, Birkbeck. 


This event is in-person at Birkbeck's School of Arts, as part of Arts Week 2022.

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