Designers from 23 Central Eastern European countries are called to submit a new project for a functional object using as its source an object singled out from the recent collective memory of objects of their country. The contest is promoted by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee under the patronage of the C.E.I. (Central European Initiative). The aim is to build a large memory atlas dedicated to the anonymous design of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Further information at the  Trieste Contemporanea official Web site.

Competition, Trieste

Last week the fourth International BLOK Conference took place in Belgrade. Organized by the company Projmetal from Belgrade, in a pleasant ambience of Hotel Zira, during the two-day conference we had a chance to hear lecturers from Serbia and abroad, and discuss interesting topics such as the Vertical City, architectural competitions as part of the practice and Architecture as a form of political activism. BLOK Conference provided an excellent platform for knowledge and ideas exchange, meetings with colleagues old and new, and professional discussions, both during the formal part of the Conference through panels and discussions, and during the informal breaks when lecturers and audience, guests and hosts alike, mingled over coffee or lunch. First day's topic were high-rises.  It started with a lecture from Mark Hemel, co-owner of Dutch architecture studio Information Based Architecture (IBA), whose most important project is the Canton TV tower in Guangzhou, China. The simplicity of the tower's form and the complexity of it's structural system and programmatic solution, illustrate  Mr. Hemel's theory that it is necessary for Architecture and its forms to achieve global importance and effects, as a result of an integration of various aspects of Design and Planning. Winka Dubbeldam presented the work of her New York based architecture studio Archi-Tectonics that has been working since 1994. on research and development of energy-efficiant, optimized and sustainable architectural solutions. Starting with a series of housing projects, and then through unrealized current projects, Ms. Dubbeldam showed the various possibilites of complex geometries that she implements through her practice, and illustrated the complex relations between function and form, meaning and geometry, that her projects develop. During the presentation of glass facade systems for high rises by the American company Guardian, their representative Mr. Vladimir Lazić refered to several regional examples from Sofia, Bucharest and Prishtina to illustrate the success of these projects to secure funding even in the time of the global economic crisis.  He then asked where is the Belgrade tower, a question that the subsequent panel discussion attempted to address and answer. Director of the Institute of Urbanism Belgrade, Žaklina Gligorijević, spoke about the potentials of Belgrade to build high rises. She presented the "Study of High Rises for Belgrade" that the Institute did after several initiatives for such projects appeared in the period from 2006 - 2008. The Study aims at defining urban parameters and criteria i facilitates the evaluation of potentials for different central and New Belgrade locations to develop such projects. For such locations as the Hotel Yugoslavia, Block 26 in New Belgrade, the Dorćol Marina and the Federal Police building, in form of striking photo-montages, the spatial effect of these initiatives was shown. This presentation served as an introduction into the panel discussion Vertical City in which Winka Dubbeldam, Mark Hemel, prof. Ružica Božović-Stamenović, Žaklina Gligorijević and Belgrade's city architect Dejan Vasović took part. This interesting discussion yielded several interesting facts and opinions. The city architect talked about Belgrade's so-far negative experiences with high rises, referencing the difficulties in maintenance of housing towers, and the lack of parking in office towers. Guests form abroad suggested a defined and clear vision of Belgrade's future development is needed before any urban restrictions can be made. Although it was concluded Belgrade has potential to, in the future, become the home of an iconic tower, the question of motivation for such a project was raised. Different European cities have dealt with the issue in different ways, and Belgrade's city government, planners and architects should first agree on the city's future image and vision, and then decide whether extreme high-rises are a part of that identity. One of the lectures from the second day of the Conference also belongs to the discourse of the Vertical City. Florentine architect David Fisher, for technical reasons, appeared on the second day and presented his concept of Dynamic Architecture. In his opinion Design should be a consequence of Technology, and today's architecture and building techniques lag behind the technological advances. As a result of his theory, he developed a series of projects for housing and mixed-use high rises whose floors rotate 360 degrees. These buildings benefit from the experiences from various fields of industry and industrial design, so that their solution would be technicaly and functionaly optimized, and energy-efficient. Time designs these buildings, says the architect, while shoowing us unrealistic and futuristic images of the new Paris, London, New York or Dubai skyline. He also announced the beginning of construction for the first dynamic tower in an undisclosed location. Some of you will remember that we had recently the chance to read about a similar project being offered to New Belgrade. The second day we also heard to interesting lectures that both treat Architecture as a political tool. Estonian architect Veronica Valk presented her concept of Compact City she has been developing through 13 years of practice in Talin, as the co-owner of architecture studio Zizi&Yoyo. Her most important porject is, without doubt, the revitalization and densification of the Talin Waterfront. A former Sviet military zone, this space is available again, after 50 years, to the residents of Talin. Ms. Valk's work transcends conventional architectural practices and becomes activism, similar to the New York model of the High line revitalization. She forms NGOs with the purpose of protecting and reusing existing structures and organizes festivals with the aim of attracting Talin's residents and visitors back to the Waterfront. While critiquing Talin's city government, Ms. Valk emphasized that sustainable development isn't just energy-efficient building, but also the renovation and reuse of existing city structures. As an example, she cited the destiny of an old Soviet multifunctional hall whose 35000 m2 are now used as a police and military practice field, while the Municipality organizes an architectural competition for its new headquarters of a similar size on the adjoining site. Ms. Valk also noticed the parallels between Belgrade and Talin, in an unstable political climate that hinders the progress of revitalization projects and initiatives, and in a large number of abandoned and devastated city spaces that need to be rediscovered and reused. The final lecture of this year's conference was from the Spanish architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo who presented his research on the topic of Envelopes. Defining the Envelope as a complex and politically charged building element, he illustrated the possibilities of its manipulations and transformations through a series of projects from his own practice. For him, the Envelope is more than a facade, it is a techological, political, and ecological tool that, through its multi-layered meaning, becomes the main architectural feature of his projects. After these inspiring lectures the BLOK 2012 Conference vas concluded, with a promise for another meeting next year. In the next two days the Conference visitors and all interested Belgrade residents had the chance to enjoy, free of charge, the Film marathon of architectural cinema that was organized with the collaboration of the Yugoslav Film Archive. Photos:  Rade Kovač

Beograd, Blok, Conference, Zira

Izložba Nedovršene modernizacije: između utopije i pragmatizma se nakon postavke u Mariboru, ovogodišnjoj Evropskoj prestonici kulture, seli u Beograd, u Muzej istorije Jugoslavije u Botićevoj ulici br. 6. Otvaranje je 19. maja u 16h, a izložba će biti otvorena do 1. jula 2012. Izložba je veliko finale dvogodišnjeg istoimenog istraživačkog projekta, koji se se kroz niz istraživanja, konferencija i izložbi bavio prostorima koje je stvorio socijalistički napredak u bivšoj Jugoslaviji i koji pokušava da utvrdi šta se sa tim prostorima dogodilo nakon sloma zajedničke države i nestanka socijalizma. Izložba na kojoj će biti predstavljeni arhitektonski projekti i veliki urbanistički planovi koji su obeležili jugoslovensko socijalističko razdoblje, usredsređuje se na prekretnice i vizije (nedovršene) modernizacije gradova za vreme socijalizma i teži da odgovori na pitanja u vezi s njihovom ulogom i zaostavštinom u zemljama naslednicama. Izložba je usredsređena na fizički prostor, odnosno na planiranje i izgradnju gradova kao jedno od sredstava socijalističke modernizacije i na ulogu arhitekture u toj proizvodnji. Izložba se takođe bavi simboličkim prostorima u kojima su se ovi procesi odvijali, kao što su geopolitički, kulturni, ekonomski i ideološki prostor. Više o projektu možete saznatiovde. Organizator izložbe je Društvo arhitekata Beograda, u saradnji sa Muzejom istorije Jugoslavije, Udruženjem hrvatskih arhitekata, Oris-kućom arhitekture (Zagreb), Muzejom za arhitekturu i dizajn (Ljubljana), Umetničkom galerijom Maribor (Maribor) i Koalicijom za održivi razvoj (Skoplje). Pored izložbe Nedovršene modrenizacija, u Muzeju istorije Jugoslavije je postavljena i izložba Tehnika narodu koja je dostupna posetiocima. Foto: Beogradski sajam, Hala 1, Beograd (Milorad Pantović, Milan Krstić, Branko Žeželj) 1954-57. © Kolekcija Miloša Jurišića

Beograd, Exhibition, Muzej Istorije Jugoslavije, Unfinished modernisations

Fourth International Conference BLOK 2012 starts this Thursday, May 10th, at the ZIRA Hotel in Belgrade. For the first time,  part of the Conference is a Film Marathon that will take place during the weekend, May 12th and 13th, at the Yugoslav Film Archive. This Film Marathon is dedicated to architectural cinema with an unofficial headline: "Directing life". During the two days the audience will enjoy such cult movies as Metropolis, Alphaville, Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and contemporary blockbusters like 12 Monkeys, Gattaca and Cube. Entrance is free to all visitors.  

Beograd, Blok, Conference, Film, Kinoteka, Zira

U četvrtak, 10. maja u 11 sati u prostoru Kafe-kluba iznad knjižare Službenog glasnika, Kneza Miloša 16, održaće se promocija knjige "Antologija Arhitekture i Civilizacije" autora arhitekte Aleksandre Mokranjac.

Ova Antologija, u izdanju Službenog Glasnika, je zbirka tekstova o graditeljskom nasledju od praistorije do savremenog doba, u kome autorka naučne i istorijske činjenice, njihov kontekst i značenje, svojim spisateljskim umećem i poetičnim jezikom interpretira, predstavlja i povezuje u celinu koja predstavlja "minimum znanja stanovnika i simpatizera srpskog govornog područja.

Aleksandra V. Mokranjac, rođena, živi i radi u Beogradu, gde je 1988. god. diplomirala na Arhitektonskom fakultetu, Odsek projektovanje, u klasi profesora Dejana Nastića. Eseje, priče i prikaze objavljuje u periodici, od 1992.godine. Član ULUPUDS-a, samostalni umetnik od 2002. godine. Antologija je njena treća knjiga. Objavila je 2 romana: Transkripcija (Geopoetika, 2006.) i Opsenarenje (Srpska književna zadruga, 2010.).

Aleksandra Mokranjac, Beograd, Book

URBAN ANIMAL - The 2012 Animal Architecture Awards. Animal Architecture wants your ideas about how synanthropic design can reshape, expand and redefine the context of urban thought and space.

Animals, Award, Competition, Synanthropic animals, Urban Animal

Poznati teoretičar Slavoj Žižek na međunarodnom kongresu Arhitektura i društvo (Arquitectura y Sociedad) u Pamploni. Kompletni snimci ovog i drugih nastupa (Herzog, Chipperfield, Piano itd.) dostupni su na sajtu fondacije Arquitectura y Sociedad.

Arquitectura y Sociedad, Conference, Philosophy, Slavoj Žižek, Toilets, Video

Nedavno je izašao novi broj časopisa ARD review 39/2012. I dalje tvrdimo da je ovaj neobični časopis praktično jedina periodična publikacija koja se kod nas bavi kritičkim i naučno zasnovanim promišljanjem na temu arhitekture i grada. Časopis ARD reviev je u potpunosti delo dr Mihaila Čanka, člana Akademije arhitekture Srbije, naučnog savetnika, nekadašnjeg direktora Centra za stanovanje IMS i Instituta za arhitekturu i urbanizam Srbije, uglednog projektanta i istraživača, eksperta za pitanja stanovanja i vrednovanja u arhitekturi. Ovaj i prethodni brojevi časopisa dostupni su i u digitalnom obliku.

ARD Review, Magazine

Dvodnevna Konferencija BLOK, koja će okupiti veliki broj poznatih arhitekata i drugih stručnjaka iz oblasti projektovanja, izgradnje i dizajna održaće se od 10. do 11. maja, u kongresnom centru Zira, u organizaciji kompanije Projmetal. Predavači koji su potvrdili svoj dolazak na Konferenciju BLOK, spadaju među najznačajnija imena savremene arhitekture poput arhitekte Alejandro Zaera-Polo (Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architects iz Londona), David Fisher (Dynamic Architecture, autora rotirajućeg nebodera u Dubai-ju),Mark Hemel (IBA, autori Guangzhou Tower-a, jedne od najviših građevina na svetu), zatim Winka Dubbeldam (Archi-tectonics, iz SAD), Veronika Valk iz Estonije, i mnogi drugi. Koncept Konferencije BLOK 2012. zasnovan je na ideji razmene iskustava sa vodećim arhitektama u svetu i razmatranja određenih tema u različitim primerima, kontinentima i klimatskim zonama. BLOK 2012. organizovaće se u četiri panela: „vertikalni grad” (centralni panel konferencije), „kompaktni grad”, „kreativne prostorne strukture”, i „arhitektura kao politički poster”. U okviru panela „vertikalni grad” predavači će se istovremeno baviti projektima visokih objekata, nebodera, skyscraper-a koji su pomerili standarde u domenu arhitekture i tehnologije na globalnom nivou, i problemom urbanističke regulative, i nepostojanja plana izgradnje visokih objekata u Beogradu. Na ovom panelu govoriće arhitekte izvedenih skyscraper-a u Kini, Americi, i Bliskom Istoku, prezentovaće svoje ideje, projekte, kao i buduće planove i vizije. Na panelu “kompaktni grad” prezentovaće se stavovi koji se odnose na mehanizme kontrole urbane forme, efekte na izgrađeno gradsko tkivo i - stavovi da se konflikt između modela kompakt grada i urbanog rasplinjavanja prevazilazi kontrolom parametara kompaktnosti i gustine naseljenosti. Na panelu o kreativnim strukturama govoriće se o uticaju arhitekture na globalnom nivou: jedinstvenim idejama, oživljavanju lokacija, pomeranju granica konstruktivnih sistema, impresioniranju originalnošću, upotrebljivosti savremenih materijala, novog shvatanja prostora. Predavači u okviru panela “arhitektura kao politički poster”, između ostalog, prezentovaće svoje radove, projekte, i razmišljanja i dati osvrt na temu – da li i nakon globalizacije arhitekture, tehnologije i ekonomije, postoje razlike u porukama koje se čitaju u arhitekturi zgrada, vizuelnim reperima i obeležjima različitih gradova. Ukupno osam predavača sa skoro svih kontinenata, i veliki broj domaćih stručnjaka će tokom dva dana predstaviti svoje projekte, držati predavanja i voditi diskusije na forumima o visokim objektima, bescenju u oblasti projektovanja, potencijalima prostora, realizovanim projektima i novim tendencijama. Fokus Konferencije biće na konkretnim rešenjima koje će profesionalci i investitori moći da primene u svom radu, a Kongresni centar Zira će u junu biti mesto razmene informacija i susreta ljudi iz arhitekture, projektovanja i investicija iz celog regiona. Ovogodišnja, četvrta po redu Konferencija BLOK, biće obogaćena i pratećim programom poput foruma, izložbe, strudentskim konkursom, i filmskim maratonom posvećenom žanru arhitektonskog filma, u bioskopu Muzeja Jugoslovenske Kinoteke, u Kosovskoj ulici u Beogradu. Teme ovogodišnjih foruma biće posvećene aktuelnim problemima u struci. Prvi forum biće posvećen visokim objektima, a drugi forum baviće se obezvređivanjem i bescenjem projektovanja, koje je donelo velike probleme. Detaljne informacije o programu Konferencije i predavačima nalaze se na web sajtu, gde se posetioci mogu on-line prijaviti na Konferenciju.

Beograd, Blok, Conference, Zira