AWP forthcoming talk at Belgrade Scapes Lab, Belgrade

“BELGRADE.SCAPES:LAB (BGSL) is part of a SCAPES:LAB initiative for a broader investigation of education resources and strengthening research capacities at the Balkans region in the fields of architecture and urban planning.  BGSL acts as a collaborative research platform formed to analyze and address actualities in Belgrade big urban plans and transformations. Program aims to decode some of the big plans with comparative analysis, guest lecturing and codified reading through innovative methodologies and workshops moderation by relevant experts from Belgrade, Basel, Zurich and Paris, joined with academics, authors, independent researchers, architecture students and young colleagues in the field of architecture and urban planning from the Balkans region.”  

BELGRADE.SCAPES:LAB / BiG PROJECTS (BGSL) 04th – 08th April 2014. which will analyze actualities in the on-going big transformations in city of Belgrade.Belgrade cityscape nowadays can’t be introduced without rightful reading of market demands, constructed or imposed by the investors. Interpretations of liberal economic logic has prevailed in most of decision making policies forming specific – market driven urbanism; commonly embraced by the cacophony of promising political statements and vice versa.

 Insufficient involvement of official institutions in charge for planning, together with low public participation reveal intentions which are systematically excluded from questioning. This position takes us to complete, absolute solutions freed from professional contribution, with unclear results and elusive position of professional entities. Spectacularization in architecture production,  iconic,  eye-catching and beautifully rendered design, starchitecture but job-free emerging-architects-desperate-for-engagement too blindly follow the consuming demands and provide answers to the ways how to shape and invent new needs. Market dictates the size, bigness is inevitable; inescapable within the tired,  general public – society trapped in a never ending post-transitional state of expectancy. Desperate economic condition the country is in serves as an excuse for rapid changes that are being implemented in city planning policies, often falsely justified as the only possible  way. BGSL acts as a collaborative research platform formed to analyze and address actualities in Belgrade big urban plans and transformations. Program aims to decode some of the big plans with comparative analysis, guest lecturing and codified reading through innovative methodologies and workshops moderation by relevant experts from Belgrade, Novi Sad, Basel, Zurich and Paris, joined with academics, authors, independent researchers, architecture students and young colleagues in the field of architecture and urban planning from the Balkans region.

Activites will include:

1. Conference on BiG projects and transformations

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– Alessandra Cianchetta / AWP.fr / Paris

– Marija Maruna / arh.bg.ac.rs / Belgrade

– Ana Nikezić / arh.bg.ac.rs / Belgrade

– Haris Piplas / Urban-Think Tank / ETH Zurich

– Vesna Jovanović / ETH Studio Basel

– Nicolas Ziesel / koz.fr / Pariz

 

2. Eight workshops on big plans and possibilities

2.1. Agreement Arena: Creation of Social consensus / Marija Maruna

2.2. (Un)conscious Belgrade – A City-archive of Big Ideas / Vesna Jovanović i Iva Čukić

2.3. Neglected Bigness / Milica Leković, Marko Macura i Haris Piplas + Snežana Timotijević

2.4. Belgrade HighLine / Ana Nikezić, Dragan Marković i Nataša Janković

2.5. Le Festin de Belgrade / Nicolas Ziesel, Daša Spasojević i Predrag Milić

2.6.Scales InBetweeen  / Dragan Marinčić i Goran Govedarica

2.7. Lost in Vibration / Vladimir Radinović

2.8. NightScapes / SCAPES:LAB students

  MORE http://belgradescapeslab.blogspot.fr