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The Shining Invisible City
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The Shining Invisible City


The architect Edvard Ravnikar's plan for a city from scratch, Nova Gorica, was created at a moment of tectonic political and ideological shifts at the outbreak of the Second World War, when the border cut Gorizia off from its Slovenian hinterland. The new “city that would shine across the border” was therefore not faithfully built according to his vision, but adapted to political trends.

Today, Ravnikar's idea persists as an unattainable ideal that can still be glimpsed among the roads, pavements, and buildings of the city today. This project aims to revive the seeds of this utopian city, also known as the “shadow city”, mapping the space of invisible Nova Gorica with holograms, memories of Nova Gorica residents, and field research. This will be followed by an exhibition and a presentation on the project.

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