Nadogradnje | Urban Self-Regulation in Post-Yugoslav Cities


ausgezeichnet mit dem DAM ARCHITECTURAL BOOK AWARD 2016


edited by Sven Quadflieg & Gregor Theune

with texts by Martin Düchs, Monika Grubbauer, Hanna Hilbrandt, Vladimir Kulić, Sven Quadflieg and Dubravka Sekulić

photography by Gregor Theune


156 pages
design: Sven Quadflieg
20 x 25 cm
29 colored & 6 b/w images
thread-stitched softcover with flaps and banderole


ISBN 978-3-944425-04-7


After the territorial division of former Yugoslavia, the political and social turns as well as a rapid transformation from a socialist planned economy into a neoliberal market economy and high pressure of urban development met weak public institutions which had not yet adapted to the post-socialist and post-war order.
New urban and architectural orders of varying scale bear witness to this development and are firmly rooted in the cityscape, both visually and structurally. One of the side-efffects of this to a large extent deregulated situation was the informalisation of public space. As a consequence of privatisation of municipal residential buildings, for example, many of these buildings were extended with 1 to 3 storeys.

The photographic work of Gregor Theune shows examples of this type of urban self-regulation in post-Yugoslav cities and raises questions about the urban system with all of its local actors and dependencies.

With Gregor Theunes photographs as a visual starting point, Nadogradnje brings together a pictorial approach to urban landscapes and scientific positions by international authors of various disciplinary backgrounds in order to open a wide field of discourse on the Balkan‘s informal architecture.

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