Memories of the City Tour
During the last 30 years Belgrade
has been invaded by a mushroom-like structure. Informal architectural
developments, which are usually created without the participation of an
architect, and have developed their individual styles, are spread all over the
city, since the Yugoslavian war ended.
The inhabitants of Belgrade
manifested themselves within these buildings and they reflect the historical
signs of the past. These improvised and mostly rapidly built housing solutions
are a mirror of a resilient nation that was affected by multiple wars,
stagnation, constant upheavals and the flux of migrants.
The informal houses embody the
memories of Belgrade: they are the result of personal patronage, clientelism,
and corruption. Here, not only the failure of the administrative authorities
and the state triggered a wave of construction that surpassed any other
informal construction operation, but also uniform structures were created that
were based on legal and official buildings and can therefore hardly be distinguished
from one another.
Within this tour we will visit places throughout the city, which tell the history of Belgrade, its inhabitants and a turbulent past. Visitors will get the chance to experience the city’s story through a different lens: a story by the informal houses, which became the de facto basis for the functioning of society and the economy. The formula »instability of the formal« and »stability of the informal« describes complementary forms of a common energy underlying not only the administrative part, but also the urban and architectural transformation of Belgrade over the past twenty years.
19.04.2019 – 12:00 – 14:00 (2 h duration)
20.04.2019 – 13:00 – 15:00 (2 h duration)
Meeting place: Plato, in front of the Faculty of Philosophy
Language of instruction: English
Guide: Mara Siegel
Please register via email@example.com for this tour!
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.