• Language: ENGLISH
  • Enrollment: 13-04-2022to hour 12:00 on
  • Subject area: Soft skill, personal and career development
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Skills are required to design and communicate concepts in a short time: ability to read the context (analysis of the place, identification of potential, possible innovation levers, ...), creative skills (management of brainstorming, sketches, visionariness, ...), representative skills (both digital and analogical, through physical drawings and models, but also performative ones, ...).

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Selection Criteria
2nd year students of the Bachelor in Interior Design will be welcomed, in order of arrival.
Communication design, Interior design, Service design

Description of the initiative

The activity consists of a 4-day workshop in which about 80 students from different Countries are invited to participate.
The activity is promoted by an international network of Design Schools that have been collaborating on a voluntary basis for more than 10 years. The network is called GIDE (Group for International Design Education) and is a unique network of 6 + 2 higher education art and design institutes that have evolved from a previous intercultural network founded in the 1990s. GIDE exists to enrich the intercultural experiences of students, educators and institutions by providing opportunities for collaboration, benchmarking and knowledge exchange. Each year a partner school organizes a workshop, proposing a common work theme and hosts it in its own city, together with an exhibition of the work carried out during the year by the various schools.
In 2022 the workshop will be organized by the Faculty of Design (an independent higher education institution associated member of the University of Primorska). In particular, the workshop will be hosted by the city of Radovljica, near Ljubljana, also famous for its long tradition of honey production (an interesting Bees Museum is also housed there). The students will stay in Radovljica and will carry out the design activity in international groups, led by teachers, at some of the locations made available in the city.
The proposed theme will be "API Global" and it comes from some inspirations: How can we design our living environment today by respecting the ability of ecosystems, saving the balance, including the honey bees? How can we find solutions for the urban environment not to dominate or destroy nature with an emphasis on honey bees? Design disciplines can also offer broader and sustainable approaches to long-term world formation. What can we do in the field of saving the honey bees? Honey bees play an important role in maintaining ecological balance and biodiversity in nature. They provide one of the most recognizable ecosystem services: pollination that even makes food production possible. In doing so, they protect and nourish ecosystems, animal and plant species, thus contributing to genetics and biodiversity. Bees are extraordinary creatures that exist in all kinds of climates around the world, from forests in Europe to deserts in Africa and even in the Arctic Circle. For much of the past decade, beekeepers, mainly in the United States and Europe, have reported annual beehive losses of 30% or more, substantially more than is considered normal or sustainable. In fact, one in four wild bee species in the world is threatened with extinction.

The main aim of the workshop is to design a concept for space or service on one of these topics:
1. Api social: design mobile stands.
Key points: Sustainable urban forms; new tools in public participation; build it differently to explain; the importance of bees; a mobile and modular cultural heritage of beekeeping.
2. Api active: interactive design, educational elements.
Key points: responsible design; green - Bee play; mobile and modular.
3. Api welcome: design entrance portals.
Key points: living degrowth, when habitat returns to nature; design as social action; design activism for bees; the cultural heritage of beekeeping.
4. Api corner: design modular unit for apitherapy and wellness
Key points: Interior design for health and well-being; Holistic design solutions; Healthcare and design with honey.


dal June 2022 a July 2022


Here is a draft of the program. It will be confirmed in the next weeks:

Mon 27/06
Arrival of teachers and students in Radovljica
Welcome to everybody and the opening of the LEARNING FROM NATURE Exhibition opening Museum of Apiculture
Tue 28/06
Registration& Opening
Keynote speakers
Presentation of GIDE Workshop & Forming the groups
Visiting the locations
Start working in groups
(evening: students' party)
Wed 29/06
Workshop Concept Making
Thu 30/06
Finalization of projects
presentation of all projects and award ceremony place
Fri 01/07
Departure (or free sightseeing)


Travel costs, housing and food expenses will be in charge of the students (we will provide references to discounted housing accommodations)

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