Grožnjan summer 1990: a hilltop artist colony in former Yugoslavia is the setting for the 2nd International Symposium for Theory and Design in the Third Machine Age. The young architectural historian of Pop culture, Nigel Whiteley, and the legendary architect of the Fun Palace, Cedric Price, engage participants in an unforgettable edu-taining week of “Work Games (without frontiers)”.

The foundations of the Groznjan Summer School were thus laid with a unique blend of critical profundity, casual wit and experimental playfulness. Price, who was more of an invisible pacemaker than a showy celebrity, characterised it, “uncertainty and delight in the unknown”, while a cocky Whitely chided, “Oh my God, he’s a caricature of his own self !” This playful bantering gradually instilled – and non-aggressively – a kind of family energy amongst the participants who were unaware just how historic this event was to become. Cheers dear archi-Churchill/Hitchcock, we shall empty the local Cynar stock in your honour on August the 10th! As usual ...



Being childish mostly means to be silly, while being childlike can be considered wise. In Erich Kastner’s celebrated children’s story The Animal’s Conference (1949), written in the aftermath of World War II, a group of animals frustrated by the inability of humans to ensure the future of the planet, decide to take matters into their own hands by consulting children instead. Re-envisioning the world through the perception of a child is perhaps a step towards a more hopeful tomorrow.

Besides rationality, sophistication, consistency, thoughtfulness and thoroughness, could we include playfulness, naivete, erraticness, wonder and experiment in your agenda?

How can we rely more on sensibility rather than intellect?

Join architects and scholars led by Tezuka architects from Tokyo and Jim Njoo from Paris to explore and implement these ideas in the life of the picturesque small hill town of Grožnjan !


Takaharu+Yui Tezuka / Tezuka architects

Tokyo based Takaharu and Yui Tezuka in 1994 established one of the most innovative practices working today. They have extensive experience designing spaces for children, such as Fuji Kindergarten, which was named the best school in the world by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and UNESCO. Recently they were awarded for the best religious building in 2022 by Archdaily for their project of Niijima Gakuen Junior College Hall & Chapel.

“We set out on a pursuit not just in designing architecture, but in changing the world for the better through the means of architecture; a value we hold true to this day.

Architecture is not merely an object, but holds the power to change people's lives and societies.”

While their activity is based on architectural design, they hold lectures all over the world, receiving offers from OECD. Their theory on children`s environment is published as the "Yellowbook" from Harvard University.


Jim Njoo

Jim Njoo is an architect and associate professor at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris–La Villette, as well as a lecturer at the École des Ponts ParisTech and Rice University in Paris. He received his PhD at Delft University of Technology with a dissertation on the creative interrelationship of theory and practice in the work of the British architect Cedric Price.

His recent research focuses on cultural and disciplinary transfers in architectural theory and practice, and has been supported by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the French Ministry of Culture, and the Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design.

Jim is a member of the Gerphau philosophy and architecture research lab in Paris. He is also a two-time winner of the Europan architectural design competition and a former collaborator of OMA Rotterdam.


Participation fee for the applications submitted 30 days before seminar starts is 420 €. After that fee is 483 €

Participation fee does not include meals. The meals will be provided in ICC of Jeunesses Musicales. (According to your choice filled in the application form). Here you can see the prices of the meals:

BREAKFAST 4 € • LUNCH 10 € • DINNER 8 €, full board: 20 €

Bank info: JM Croatia, Raiffeisenbank Austria d.d., Petrinjska 59 HR- 10 000 Zagreb,

IBAN: HR 9424840081100792293, SWIFT: RZBHHR2XXXX

The Centre has several houses with two to six bedrooms with shared bathrooms and toilet facilities, several rehearsal rooms and the concert/ dance hall. How to Get to Grožnjan? If you don’t have your own transportation, you can arrive to Kopar, Slovenia railway station, or Buje, Croatia bus station as well as airports in Trieste Italy or Pula Croatia. The nearest town with public transport is BUJE. We would pick you up if its needed and if we are informed in advance about your arrival. You are expected to come to Grožnjan in the afternoon hours on 06.08.2022., and leave on 14.08.2022. . Upon your arrival to Grožnjan, you need to visit the ICC JMC office Grožnjan, Umberta Gorjana 2. For the registration, we will need your ID or Passport, payment receipt, application form filled in and travel insurance receipt. What to bring along? Apart from your toothbrush and towels, if you are musician please bring your instruments. After final presentation on 13.08.2022. we will organize party where you will receive your diploma for participation.

Aug 6-14 2022