Creating a Concrete Utopia – Architecture in Yugoslavia 1948-1980, International Forum

12.11.2018. | 17:00

The International forum: Creating a Concrete Utopia – Architecture in Yugoslavia 1948-1980 and the additional program, organized by the Faculty of Architecture, University in Belgrade and Architectuul online platform from Berlin, will take place at the Center for Cultural Decontamination from the 12th to the 15th of November.

The exhibition in MOMA in New York, “Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948 – 1980” marks a turning point in the interest for the architectural and urbanistic production of socialist Yugoslavia. The exhibition of Yugoslav architecture in an institution of world-wide renown is a direct motive, or call, for our dealing with our own heritage. The exhibition is a result of a long standing teamwork of experts from the region, who will talk at the Center for Cultural Decontamination, during a four-day-long international forum, joined by protagonists and creators from that period.

The modernization processes of former Yugoslavia enabled intense development and urbanization, creating an infrastructure which is still a basis for the functioning of cities and the region, as well as a unique architectural, artistic and cultural heritage. The architecture and urbanism, developed as instigators of the modern Yugoslav society in the second half of the XX century, have achieved the values of creation which are specific compared with achievements of the world, both at the time when they were created and today. At the same time, the processes which followed the breakup of Yugoslavia and the trajectories of individual republics are inseparable from the mentioned infrastructure, architecture and urbanism.

The relationship toward that heritage has been embedded in the transitional transformations, both physical and social, and it is of key importance not just for understanding the contemporary development of cities, but their future as well.

Architecture and urbanism of the second half of the XX century in Yugoslavia were based on widespread emancipation and networking, creative freedom and authorship, experiment and research. They were developed in both in Yugoslavia and all over the world. However, instead of valuing the cultural and creative heritage, this creative force is being marginalized in our environment.

If there is a common denominator for the architecture and urbanism of socialist Yugoslavia, it would be heterogeneity. Precisely because of that, during the four working days and numerous lectures, discussions, projections and workshops and through opening many topics and questions, work on the exchange of knowledge in the field of architecture and urbanism, in order to understand the artistic and cultural achievements, the relationship between the constructed environment and society, valuing cultural heritage and strengthening of critical thinking.

Participants: Vladimir Kulić, Maroje Mrduljaš, Jelica Jovanović, Anna Kats, Ana Ivanovska Deskova, Vladimir Deskov and Jovan Ivanovski, Martina Malešić, Luka Skansi, Lukasz Stanek, Merjema Zatrić,  Irena Šentevska, Mila Turajlić, Milenija Marušić, Dragoljub Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Branislav Dimitrijević, Ljubica Slavković

Author and project manager: Ljubica Slavković
Visual identity: Metaklinika
Special thanks to Jelica Jovanović

CZKD team: Adam Ranđelović, Aleksandra Sekulić, Ana Ćosić, Borka Pavićević, Dejan Pantić, Dragan Škorić, Ivica Đorđević, Lola Joksimović, Ljubica Slavković, Luna Đorđević, Slavica Vučetić, Danica Stojanović

Additional program:

“Understanding the construction and material – architecture of post-war Yugoslavia 1948 – 1980” – CID student photo-competition, organized by the Faculty of Architecture University of Belgrade
Jury: Milorad Mladenović, Luka Skansi, Nevena Poledica

Missing Knowledge (On Forgotten Monuments), student workshop, organized by the Faculty of Architecture in Begrade, CZKD and Architectuul.
Organization and workshop realization: Boštjan Bugarić, Ljubica Slavković, Hristina Stojanović

“Archive of modernism”, digital repository
Authors: Ljubica Slavković and Jelica Jovanović

The project was supported by: the regional office of the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Belgrade and the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.

CREATING A CONCRETE UTOPIA, Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948 – 1980
International forum

November 12 – 15, 2018 at the Center for Cultural Decontamination (CZKD)


17:00 – introduction: Ljubica Slavković
17:15 – 17:45 – Concrete sleepers: discussion with Maroje Mrduljaš
18:00 – 18:45 – Tour through the exhibition “Towards a Concrete Utopia…” (MoMa): Vladimir Kulić
19:00 – 20:00 – Discussion: Vladimir Kulić, Maroje Mrduljaš, Anna Kats, Jelica Jovanović, Ljubica Slavković
20:00 – Cocktail

14:00 – 15:30 – Block 1: Identities
· Socialist construction of Yugoslavia and a documentary, Irena Šentevska (with Mila Turajlić);
· Synthesis follws analysis: Research as a basis for practice in post-war Slovenian architecture (English), Martina Malešić;
· Region and identity in Yugoslav architecture (Generational transformation of “regionalism” in the works of Juraj Neidhardt and Zlatko Ugljen), Mejrema Zatrić;
15:30 – 16:30 Lunch break
16:30 – 17:30 – Block 2: Global networks
· The Worlding of Eastern Europe: Architects from Socialist Countries in Cold War West Africa (English), Łukasz Stanek;
· The Architecture of the Post-Earthquake Renewal of Skopje (English), Ana Ivanovska Deskova;
17:45 – 18:45 – Block 3: Modernization Through Urbanization
· Urbanization in Serbia in the Context of Contemporary Research of (the History) of Architecture, Jelica Jovanović;
· A multi-themed generation, Luka Skansi;
19:00 – Forum / public discussion

Wednesday November 14th – IN FIRST PERSON
17:00 – 17:30 – “Reading the constructions and materials – the architecture of post-war Yugoslavia, 1948 – 1980”, CID student photo competition, award ceremony and presentation of the “Archive of Modernism” online archive;
17:30 – 19:15 – Milenija Marušić and Dragoljub Bakić, workgroup with architects protagonists;
19:30 – 20:30 – Concrete sleepers, film screening;

17:00 – 17:30 –  presentation of the results of the student workshop Missing Knowledge (on Forgotten Monuments);
17:30 – 18:15 – Miodrag Živković talks with Branislav Dimitrijević
18:30 – 20:30 – Yugoslav monuments in MoMA: About the criteria of selection and consequences of exhibition, Sanja Horvatinčić;
After the lecture there will be a discussion on the topic of Spomeniks – about the exploitation of monuments today: Sanja Horvatinčić, Branislav Dimitrijević and Ljubica Slavković
20:30 – cocktail



Missing Knowledge (on Forgotten Monuments), student workshop:
At CZKD, during the international forum, from 9am until the public part of the program.

* The organizer reserves the right to make changes in the event program.




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