BINA 2019 / POSITIVE-ACTIVE
From 9 to 30 May in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Pancevo
The theme of the 14th Belgrade International Architecture Week – BINA 2019, POSITIVE / ACTIVE, draws attention to current and timeless examples of activities in city planning and architectural practice characterized by a positive and proactive approach to understanding and solving spatial problems. The BINA program is held from 9 to 30 May in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Pančevo, and provides insight into the value, contemporary interpretations and indications of possible new purposes of architecture created in the period of modernism, seen through the eyes of the “Y” generation (millennials).
At the same time, through various
formats – exhibitions, lectures, films and installations, BINA presents
contemporary architectural practice created in a completely different social,
political and technological context, the basic characteristics of which are:
speed, capital trajectories,
flexibility and transdisciplinarity. How to be professional, achieve the
desired standards, and at the same time remain faithful to ethics, are some of
the topics that will be discussed at the BINA 2019.
Just like before, the event
program is divided into five program units: In focus, exhibitions, lectures and
seminars, walks and trips and workshops.
BINA this year focuses on the creativity and work of the renowned architect Aleksandar Stjepanovic. At the opening ceremony, at the Artget Gallery of the Cultural Center of Belgrade, a studio exhibition “Architect Aleksandar Stjepanović”, by Jelica Jovanović, Relja Ivanić and Marko Kažić will open on Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm. This program will also offer lectures and visits to the facilities Aleksandar designed in the era of socialism.
BINA exhibitions traditionally held in the Art Gallery of the
Cultural Center of Belgrade and the Artget Gallery, as well as in the FLU and
Kolektiv Gallery, this year come from the region and from the north of Europe,
given that that this year’s BINA focuses on ecology, sustainable development
and smart buildings.
At the visiting exhibition NEW TRADITION from South Tyrol,
Austria, seven architectural studios and artists will be presented, and the
authors and curators of the project are David Kalas (architecture) and Lisa
Trockner (visual arts).
MODERN IN BELGRADE (MuBGD) brings together a group of architects
(Bekić Iva, Gajić Irena, Dukanac Dalia, Đorđević Stefan, Zlatković Snežana,
Ješić Mirjana, Stojanović Hristina, Cigić Petar) with special interest and work
in the field of illustration, graphic design and visual arts.
PIRANESI AWARD, Piran Days of Architecture from Slovenia will take
place in the gallery Kolektiv. The prestigious international Piranese award in
the field of architecture has been awarded since 1989 and is a part of the
international conference Piran Days of Architecture (PDA). The award is given
for the best architectural realizations built in central Europe in the last two
years, and since 2008 also for the most innovative student ideas. The focus of
the award is on the renowned relationship of contemporary architecture in a
natural, cultural and historical context.
PLASTIC HAS NO BOUNDARIES is a site-specific setting of the
architectural collective BASURAMA, Spain, in cooperation with the gallery
Kolektiv, located at the National Square, and the plateau in front of the
Cultural Center of Belgrade. Basurama is an artist collective dedicated to
research, creation in culture and nature and production. Their goal is to study
these phenomena inherent in the mass production of real and virtual garbage in
a consumer society, providing different points of view on this subject in order
to generate new thoughts and attitudes.
ARCHITECTURAL AND CITY PLANNING COMPETITIONS and ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS
– season 2018-2019, and the exhibition of current works of architectural studios
URED and AKVS from Belgrade, a part of the exhibition BRING YOUR PROJECT, are an integral part of the BINA program 2019.
Within the program of lectures,
seminars and workshops, we would like to highlight a series of lectures called MODERN DANISH ARCHITECTURE, organized
in cooperation with the Embassy of Denmark in Serbia, the seminar ARHITECTS, DEVELOPERS, PRACTITIONERS
with participants from Helsinki and Belgrade, and the lecture THE WOMEN OF BAUHAUS and others.
Belgrade International Architecture Week is known to the general public for its BINA walks organized in order for the audience to learn about the architecture of Belgrade. Free thematic walks for the widest audience are always a popular segment of our program, and this year we will visit the building of PRIZAD (present Tanjug), Radio Belgrade, Udruzena Banka, the old center of Zemun and the neighborhood Cerak-Vinogradi. In addition to the traditionally organized walks through the architecture of Belgrade (New Cemetery, Jewish Heritage and Women in Architecture), two excursions are planned this year: within the exhibition dedicated to Aleksandar Stjepanovic – a visit to the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad, and a trip to Pancevo.
This year, BINA continues with the Shared Cities Creative Momentum project (SCCM), in which we improve the lives of inhabitants of suburban settlements, through educational workshops and through small interventions in the public space (Ledine settlement). SCCM is a European cultural platform that examines the contemporary urban challenges of European cities. At this year’s BINA we present Urban Hub 2 – Multifunctional Circle. The project is being implemented in cooperation with NVO Škogled and Primary School “Obradović Kameni”. Urban Hub 2 is a group intervention in the school yard – a summer classroom in the open public space of the Ledine settlement – which aims to improve the quality of life in the community. A joint discussion of all groups associated with the school yard resulted in a proposal for a solution to improve one part of the school yard with the idea that this place could become a new place for gathering and exchanging.
The BINA event has been organized
by the Association of Architects of Belgrade and the Cultural Center of
Belgrade for fourteen years, with the sponsorship of the City of Belgrade, the
Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Engineering
Chamber, the Creative Europe; and the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum,
the Embassy of Denmark and the Embassy of Finland, as well as numerous media
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.