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Yugoslavia Forgotten Monuments

Kosmaj
Kosmaj

Commissioned by former Yugoslavian president, Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place, these now forgotten structures stand empty and without the significance it once had decades ago. Designed by different sculptors and architects, the strong and powerful blending of art and architecture come together in these monuments to convey the sense of confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. However, after the Republic gradually died down in 1992, they lost their sense of wonder and no longer attracted the millions of visitors a year. More images after the break.

As these structures stand abandoned, what should architects do to bring back its significance? Is it appropriate to bring back the same significance it once had or should these structures stand as a symbol of something different? Maybe be turned into a historical site or a part of a museum? Can a structural monument have the potential to stand for something else even though it once created such a strong statement to society? What would be the best response to these forms? Let us know your thoughts. For a full list of images, visit the website.

Korenica
Korenica
Cite:Alison Furuto. "Yugoslavia Forgotten Monuments" 02 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/131331/yugoslavia-forgotten-monuments/>