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Nevena Katalina Remembers Yugoslav Memorials Through Posters

The act of remembering looms large in national cultures. Shared national memories act as a foundation for national identity, a unifying collective interpretation of history that can define what it means to belong in a certain place. Monuments loom even larger - define a national memory in concrete and stone, and you can help define your vision of the nation. That's why Nevena Katalina, a graphic design masters student at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia, has taken the famous abstract war memorials in the former Yugoslavia and translated them into posters, attempting to reconcile the imposing concrete forms with the impact they've had on culture and memory in countries around the former Yugoslavia.

Jasenovac Monument. Image © Nevena Katalina Kosmaj Monument. Image © Nevena Katalina Ilirska Bistrica Monument. Image © Nevena Katalina Ulcinj Monument. Image © Nevena Katalina

Impact Hub Belgrade / URED architecture studio

  • Architects: URED architecture studio
  • Location: 21 Makedonska, Beograd, Serbia
  • Architects in Charge: Bojana Marković, Nikola Milanović, David Bilobrk, Ivana Jevremović, Hristina Stojanović
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Relja Ivanić

© Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić

Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall / Jovan Mitrović

  • Architects: Jovan Mitrović
  • Location: Obrenovac, Serbia
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Relja Ivanić

© Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić

Kindergarten “Tesla - Science for life” / DVA STUDIO

  • Architects: DVA STUDIO
  • Location: Novi Beograd, Serbia
  • Architect in Charge: Aleksandru Vuja, Milan Djurić, Milka Gnjato
  • Area: 1890.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Relja Ivanić

© Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić

House C and House D / Studio AUTORI

  • Architects: Studio AUTORI
  • Location: 25 Svetog Save, Mokrin, Serbia
  • Design Team: Dipl.Ing.Arch. Dijana Novaković , Dipl.Ing.Arch. Maja Trbović, Dipl.Ing.Arch. Aleksandra Nikitin M.Arch. Dušan Nenadović
  • Area: 791.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Relja Ivanić

© Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić

Stock Coffee / Arhitektura Budjevac

  • Architects: Arhitektura Budjevac
  • Location: Trg Kralja Aleksandra Ujedinitelja, Niš, Serbia
  • Design Team: Andreja Budjevac, Saša Budjevac, Miljana Ignjatović
  • Wall Art: Jelena Ilić
  • Area: 105.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andreja Budjevac

© Andreja Budjevac © Andreja Budjevac © Andreja Budjevac © Andreja Budjevac

Headquarters of the Complex of Nationally Relevant Laboratories for the Safety of Foods / AGM

  • Architects: AGM
  • Location: Batajnica, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Architect in Charge: Marjan Đulinac, Borislav Petrović, Ivan Rašković, Aleksandar Tomić and Nada Jelić, Aleksandar Kostić
  • Area: 5200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Vladimir Popović, Courtesy of Borislav Petrović

Courtesy of Borislav Petrović © Vladimir Popović Courtesy of Borislav Petrović Courtesy of Borislav Petrović

Residential Building in Vase Stajića Street / Kuzmanov and Partners

  • Architects: Kuzmanov and Partners
  • Location: Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Architects in Charge: Lazar Kuzmanov, Miljan Cvijetić
  • Area: 3190.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Miljan Cvijetić

© Miljan Cvijetić © Miljan Cvijetić © Miljan Cvijetić © Miljan Cvijetić

ISSUES? Concerning the projects of Peter Eisenman

The conference will focus on Peter Eisenman's long and outstanding oeuvre.Thematization of almost 50 years of his theoretical and educational work and almost 25 years of his full-time architectural practice is seen here as vital to the understanding of both the past and the presence of contemporary architecture. From the questions related to Renaissance heritage to the problems associated with disciplinary autonomy and the digital, the conference aims to provide a space for a critical debate among architects and theorists.

Films & Architecture: "Underground"

Underground is the condensed version of a 5-hour series (originally broadcast on Serbian television in the 90′s) which takes place in Yugoslavia, showing the country from the beginning of WWII through the Yugoslav Wars. This theatrical version, directed by  Emir Kusturica, considered one of the master filmmakers of our time, utilises symbolic elements that require a strong knowledge of story to fully understand, and ends with a memorable finale, with the characters dancing on a floating island that separates them from the continent. This is an extraordinary film that we invite you to enjoy and comment on.

Zaha Hadid to Regenerate Historic Site in Belgrade


Marking the “continuance of Belgrade’s signature ‘Modernist’ movement”, which produced a number of iconic buildings throughout the mid-twentieth century, the Serbian capital is proud to unveil Zaha Hadid Architect’s (ZHA) contemporary masterplan for Beko. This all-inclusive, mixed use project embeds itself within the undulating topography of the abandoned Beko textile factory in a style that directly reflects Zaha’s distinct style of Parametricism. Focused on urban regeneration, the project will join forces with Sou Fujimoto’s proposed ‘Cloud’ on the adjoining Sava waterfront to revitalize Belgrade’s cultural axis. Learn more after the break.

'Black Tree' Public Solar Charger / Miloš Milivojevic

Designed by Miloš Milivojević for the Strawberry Energy company, ‘Black Tree’ is a public solar charger which enables visitors to recharge batteries of their mobile phones, tablets and multimedia devices with the energy of Sun. In cooperation with Palilula Municipality and the city of Belgrade, this Strawberry Tree with a completely new design has been set up in Tašmajdan park in Belgrade in November 2012. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Beton Hala Waterfront Center / Sou Fujimoto Architects

© Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects have shared with us their first place proposal for the Beton Hala Waterfront Centre in Belgrade, Serbia. Contrasting the medieval fabric of the capital city, Sou Fujimoto’s “floating cloud” intertwines an array of social and transportation programs into an organized tangle of suspended ramps that emerge from the static platform of the Beton Hala. It was lauded by the jury to be a “brave proposal” that holds the “highest emblematic potential among all of Beton Hala entries”. Learn more after the break.

'Architecture of Deconstruction: The Specter of Jacques Derrida' Conference

Organized by the University of Belgrade and the Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP), the ‘Architecture of Deconstruction: The Specter of Jacques Derrida’ is a three-day, international scientific conference which will be held in Belgrade October 25-27. The conference aims to bring attention to the questions of the relation between the disciplines of architecture and philosophy. Distinguished guests include Bernard Tschumi, Catherine Ingraham, Chris Younes, Francesco Vitale, Jeffrey Kipnis, Ljiljana Blagojević, Mark Cousins, Mark Wigley, Peter Eisenman, and more. For more information, please visit here.  

Venice Biennale 2012: Serbian Pavilion

Serbian Pavilion © Marija Strajnić
Serbian Pavilion © Marija Strajnić

As a response to David Chipperfield’s “Common Ground” theme for the 2012 Venice Biennale, the authors of the Serbian Pavilion have created JEDAN:STO / 100 - an installation that brings the archetypical object of a table to its extreme meaning by stretching it to a monumental scale that allows its surface to overcome the rectangular interior of the pavilion. This “minimalistic gesture” breaks down the “common” table into a “plethora of metaphors” that initiates thinking and encourages visitors to observe what is happening around it. Continue after the break for the an abstract by the project authors.

Raft '4U' - Cafe Restaurant / Studio Alfirevic

The main idea for the Raft ’4U’ cafe restaurant was to create a pleasant environment, like staying under the shadow of a tree, but also above water. Designed by Studio Alfirevic, the raft represents an extension of the riverbank. The atrium space is the central motif, with elements of the natural environment such as birch, stone, grass, etc. The spatial organization consists of the main entrance, wardrobe with toilets, café-restaurant with atrium and bar with storage space. More images and architects’ description after the break.