Co-designing with feral plants in Trajna collective

Trajna Collective


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Trajna is a design-led collective that works towards supporting multispecies’ livelihoods by exploring the sustainable production of goods and infrastructures in Slovenia and beyond. With an interest in problems that arise with the spread of ‘invasive’ species, we run Notweed paper, a local paper brand that offers printable paper made from invasive plants and participate in the APPLAUSE project. This 3-year project, coordinated by the city of Ljubljana, is oriented in setting up new circular economies by turning the biomass of invasive plants into a collection of eco-friendly products and services. In 2020 Trajna started to work on a new production space KRATER, which mobilises an abandoned construction site in Ljubljana for experimentation with creative forms of regeneration, collective governance and land care. In the lecture, we will speak about Trajna’s projects, design methods, challenges and aspirations which support us in introducing new ethical interactions with invasive species as well as the ecosystems where they appear.