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 sponsors.