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.
Location: Bardovci, Macedonia
Project Leader: Mario Benedetto Assisi
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of INOUTarchitettura
How to think about today’s architecture, captured in the pragmatic flows of changing society? Can architecture once more be captivating, romantic, humanistic, visionary, and everyday at the same time? It appears that today’s architecture is becoming increasingly complex and ambiguous, and thus increasingly manipulative. It is lost in the cloud of the everyday. But how can architecture be seen again in its elementary correlations, geometry, form, use? To be derived from the specific, idiosyncratic, everyday, and face the timeless, resistant level. How to find the vertical of the everyday? The everyday that makes sense only if it is reflected in the sublime. More from exhibitor Metamak – Architectural Collective after the break.
First Prize Competition Winner for Theater in Tetovo, Macedonia / Besian Mehmeti, Betim Zeqiri, Bekir Ademi and Nikola Strezovski
A team of four architects: Besian Mehmeti, Betim Zeqiri, Bekir Ademi and Nikola Strezovski won first prize in a competition for a theater and library in the city center of Tetovo, Macedonia. The competition called for the design to incorporate both programs into one building. The total building area for the winning design is 25,000 m2 and includes 3 underground levels and is designed to correlate into the city square of the site.
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