27th of November 2021 |

38° Piran Days of Architecture 

Accompanying program


– 16:00, TIC – Tourist Information Center Piran
The Beauty of Stone Poetry: presentation of the draft booklet entitled: Stone on Stone, Istria, Cultural Landscape From the Sea to the CountrysideOrganization: ABAKKUM Institute for Landscape, Culture and Art PiranOn display until 10th December, 2021

– 18:00,  Piran Civic Library

Workshop Playful Architecture, Center arhitekture Slovenije, mentor Špela Kuhar

– 19:00 Mala Loža Gallery and Kiosk K-67, Koper

Unheard Voices of Koper, Mala Loža Gallery on Tito Square and Kiosk K-67 on Ukmar Square, Koper from 21st November to 12th December, 2021
The project opens up the public space of the city of Koper to the unheard voices of its inhabitants, who with their opinions on key issues about its urban development actively participate in the creation of city-building content. Participants of the international summer school “Informal City: Temporary-Autonomous Utopias” explored the needs of the community. With a sound installation, they are offered a space to speak publicly about their views. In the exhibition, voices reveal their attitude towards the city. It is a repeat of the performance that took place on 9th September, 2021 on Tito Square in Koper, as the conclusion of the summer school. Additional comments will be available on 4th December, 2021 at the K-67 kiosk on Ukmar Square and next to the Urbana Kavarna / Urban Café in Koper.

Guided tour: every Friday at 6 p.m.

Urbana Kavarna/Urban Café with Aleš Bržan, Mayor of the City Municipality of Koper: 4th December, 2021
Authors: Denis Esakov, Pia Groleger, Altan Jurca Avci, Deja Kofol, Luka Pleskovič, Martin Valinger Sluga, Chris Woodvine, Terri Doyle, Alexandra Maximova, Diana Kocjančič, Jovana Liščević, Johanna Jüttner, Jonas Vizi, Erona Bexheti, Edmond Drenogllava, Erszbet Hosszu.
Curators: Vesna Pajić, doc. dr. Boštjan Bugarič
Photo: Domen Grögl, Aleš Rosa
Production: ALUO, KUD C3, Piran,Coastal Galleries, City Municipality of Koper and Avtomatik Delovišče, September, 2021

– 19:30, Herman Pečarič Gallery
Opening of the exhibition Slovenian architecture and space 2021, in collaboration with the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS).

Until 5.12.2021.


– 20:00, Monfort Exhibition Hall
Piranesi Award 2021: the opening of the exhibition and the PDA award ceremony followed by an informal gathering with the cuisine catering of chef Borut Jovan and music by Jazz Stringsi Trio.

Exhibition until 5.12.2021.


– at 10:00 – conference at the Auditorium, Portorož

– at 18.30: celebration of the Piranesi Award ceremony at Avditorij Portorož-Portorose

– Piranesi exhibition at Monfort, Portorose


38th international architectural conference Piran Days of Architecture

Honorary patron of Piran Days of Architecture is Borut Pahor, the President of the Republic of Slovenia.

The purpose of the conference, which has been held in Piran since 1983, is to evaluate current architectural guidelines and present the most innovative architectural projects. Piran Days of Architecture promote quality modern architecture. They represent architects who are dedicated to preserving identity and cultural diversity by being able to understand and respect the geographical and cultural context.

As part of the Piran Days of Architecture, an international architectural award- the Piranesi Award- is also presented. It is intended for the best architectural projects created in Central Europe in the last two years.

At this year´s conference the central discussion question for the participants will be: »What is measurable in architecture?«

Measurability has always been inextricably linked to architecture. As a set of dimensions, modules, grids, and design principles which, in a narrower sense, define architectural planning. Or in a broader sense, as the increasingly extensive and complex world of requirements, rules, standards, parameters, planning methods, and tools, on which all engineering considerations that co-create architecture are based. The diverse construction methods and, in part, the use of architecture also include various aspects of measurability. The fundamental requirements for “commodity" and “firmness", utilitas” and “firmitas” of architecture seem to fit perfectly with the mechanistic view of the world that seeks to measure, understand, prove, predict, anticipate, plan, and manage everything.

Moreover, even “delight" or “venustas”, is often interpreted in architecture merely as a reflection of the relationships and ratios between elements. Is therefore measurability essential for good architecture?

In architecture, the essential is often achievable only indirectly. Void (of) space – both internal and external – is created by forming a solid material shell. And many aspects of our living and attitudes towards architecture are immeasurable and often unpredictable. How do we measure the path to architecture that evokes emotions, binds us in a community, and builds our identity? How do we measure whether architecture is sincere and fair? Is architecture created by our ancestors still to our standards? Is architecture that meets all measures and criteria already considered to be of high quality? Where are the limits and the purpose of measurability in architecture?

Mitja Zorc



Matija Bevk, Vasa J. Perović Bevk Perović arhitekti, Slovenia

Carles Enrich Gimenez – Carles Enrich Studio, Spain

Raymond Richard Neutra Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design, USA

Margita Grubiša, Marin Jelčić, Daniela Škarica, Ivana Žalac – SKROZ, Croatia

Levente Szabó – Szabó Levente DLA, Hungary

Christian Ambos – Franz&Sue, Austria

Sandy Attia, Matteo Scagnol – Modus, Italy

Erik Jurišević, Mirjana Lozanovska, Silvija Sheleva KONNTRA,  Slovenia, N. Macedonia

Aleksandar Mišković, Lovre Mohorič, Andraž Tufegdžić– seminar Perović, FA Ljubljana: At Home with Concrete




Piran Days of Architecture: photos of the awards ceremony