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This book is an account of the highly productive decade of architectural experimentation in Croatia lodged between the violent break-up of Yugoslavia and their slow integration into the EU. Ivan Rupnik guides the reader through the emergence of this bizarre and fascinating architectural scene on the very edge of united Europe, utilizing Ljubo Karaman’s theory of the periphery as a distinct space of artistic production from that of the center or province, Manfredo Tafuri’s concept of architectural experimentation, as well contemporary notions of agency.

Back in 2009 we went to Croatia to see this architecture scene first hand, and we featured many of the projects presented in this book, that you can check out on our list of Croatian projects before you buy this book. Further info and photos after the break.

The account is framed using a variety of different lenses, including the observations of this moment by renowned writers, through the atmosphere of the period as defined by Croatia’s complex post-socialist/postwar identity and the subsequent positioning of the architectural profession vis-a-vis that context, the practices that emerged , and through a series of discussions with some of the peripheral moment’s primary agent provocateurs: 3LHD, njiric +, Randic – Turato, and STUDIO UP.


8 O. A Peripheral Moment 18 I. Observations 20 Late Modern Lares – Kenneth Frampton 22 Meta Balkan – Aaron Betsky 30 Fertile Delay – Stefano Boeri 34 Croatia, The Laboratory of Change(s) – Manuel Gausa 41 The Croatian-Ness of Croatian Architecture – Hans Ibelings

48 II. Atmosphere 50 Post-Socialist/Postwar Identity 52 Memorial Bridge, 3LHD 54 Jasenovac Memorial Center, hpnj+ 55 Water Tower Memorial, Radionica Arhitekture 56 Church Fortress A, njiric+njiric 57 Pope John Paul II Pastoral Center, Randic-Turato 58 The Resurrection, Stanislav Bavcevic and the Brodosplit H. W. Veterans Association 59 Field of Crosses, Nikola Basic 60 Dubrovnik Defenders Memorial, Igor Franic 61 Croatian Pavilion Expo 2005, 3LHD

62 Frameworks, Ivana Franke, Petar Miskovic, Lea Pelivan, Toma Plejic

64 The Peripheral Architect and the Provincial Reality 66 Les Lieux Magique, njiric+njiric 67 Frames of the Metropolis 68 Covjek I Prostor Magazine 69 Europan, various authors 70 Villa Klara, 3LHD 71 Zagrebacka Center (Mercator), Igor Franic 72 Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, various authors 74 Pos – Government Backed Housing Construction Program 76 Social Infrastructure, various authors 78 Professional Agency, Sasa Randic 80 38th Zagreb Salon, 41st Zagreb Salon, Croatian Architects Assoication 81 Communication: Split Talks, Pogledaj.To+Gaf Exhibitions and Conferences, 44th Zagreb Salon, Croatian Architects Association 82 Competition Boom 84 Cvjetni Prolaz (Flower Passage)

88 III. Practices 90 Baumaxx Hypermarket, njiric+njiric 98 McDonalds Drive-In, njiric+njiric

102 Zagrad Center, Randic-Turato 110 P10 Mixed-Use Complex, Studio Up 124 Spectator Group Headquarters, Studio Up

138 Zagreb Dance Center, 3LHD

150 Krsto Frankopan Elementary School, Randic-Turato

160 Pope John Paul II Pastoral Center, Randic-Turato

170 Lapidarium, Randic-Turato

180 Katarina Frankopan Kindergarten, Randic-Turato

186 Kindergarten MB, njiric+

196 Gracani Mini-Settlement, njiric+

204 Rural Mat Housing, njiric+

216 Split Riva, 3LHD 226 Zamet Center, 3LHD

240 Sports Hall, 3LHD 246 Gymnasium 46 degrees 09 minutes N / 16 degrees 50 minutes E, Studio Up

264 Superdalmatia, njiric+ 268 Hotel Rovinj, Randic-Turato 270 Hostel Golly_+Bossy, Studio Up 274 Hotel Lone, 3LHD

276 IV. Discussions 278 3LHD – Collaboration – Materiality – Urbanism 283 njiric+ – Housing – Iconic Architecture and Vernacular Signs – Indeterminacy 287 Randic-Turato – Field Experiments – (anti)Icons – Event Planning 292 Studio Up – Urbanism – Identity (Corporate Voids) – Competitions (Design Process) 297 Reflections 318 Credits

Croatia, 2011 Edited by: Ivan Rupnik Contributors: Kenneth Frampton , Aaron Betsky , Manuel Gausa , Hans Ibelings , Stefano Boeri ISBN: 8492861576 Pages: 320 Language: English

Cite:Andrew Rosenberg. "A Peripheral Moment" 17 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>