• The Future Has Designed Us In Belgrade to prepare the Power and Architecture exhibition, we had the pleasure to be joined by ogino:knauss’ founder member, dj and sound producer Miki Semascus. The exploration of the spatial context was naturally complemented by an investigation of the soundscape that finally took the form of a playlist of great Serbian/ Yugoslav / Balkan […] jo pixel No responses 2016-11-21
  • Architecture in Russia before, during and after Stalin In London for “The Center Cannot Hold” conference, we had the opportunity to meet Vladimir Paperny, author of Architecture in the Age of Stalin, and to revive in a conversation with him our interest on the Russian avant-garde and the fate of modernist urbanism under and after Stalin. Here you find some of his answers regarding: the […] jo pixel No responses 2016-09-13
  • Berlin Mehringplatz Few places in Berlin are more emblematic than Mehringplatz of the concept of “periphery at the center”. Situated in a very central location of the city, only few hundred meters from the foundational nucleus of the city in the Fischerinsel, it is at the crossroads of two main axes of the city, the north- south […] jo pixel No responses 2016-03-05
  • Berlin, dream of modernity No city as Berlin,  (except Paris, obviously) can be adopted as an epitome of modernity. From here Georg Simmel generated its observations on the mental life of the metropolis, defining the inherently modern figure of the overstimulated man, and the notion of blasè. From here Walter Benjamin began its drift into the modern, plastered of […] jo pixel No responses 2015-12-19
  • Towards Belgrade Invited by Transeuropa festival 2015, we had the opportunity to come back to Belgrade and open again our file on this city. We coordinated a urban reconnaissance workshop dedicated to the “City of Commons”,  taking the cue from the concept of city as a common good to design an urban walk exploring key spaces of Belgrade and its political […] jo pixel No responses 2015-09-26
  • Was Für ein schönes schloss… Oh che bel castello Ma che bel castello, marcondirindirondello, ma che bel castello, marcondirondironda’ Il mio è ancor più bello, marcondirondirondello, il mio è ancor più bello, marcondirondironda’ Noi lo bruceremo, marcondirindirondello, noi lo bruceremo, marcondirondironda’ Noi lo rifaremo, marcondirindirondello, noi lo rifaremo, marcondirondironda’ The old Italian nursery rhyme sings “what a beautiful castle – mine […] jo pixel No responses 2015-01-06
  • The Pruitt-Igoe Myth One of the most iconic architectural projects of modernity, the Pruitt-Igoe complex in st.Louis. The images of its demolition in 1973 have become the symbol of the passage to the post modern era, according to a famous Charles Jenks’ assertion. We saw the excellent film The Pruitt-Igoe Myth at the Rotterdam Architecture Film Festival. The […] jo pixel No responses 2014-06-07
  • Stare Sajmište The urban periphery is a field of conquest and investment. It is the frontier of the advancing city, the front of the urban growth machine. Essential modern means to foster urban development are exhibitions, temporary events, the use of spectacular processes as ice-breaking operations towards new investment and settlement. The invention of modernism is indissolubly […] jo pixel No responses 2014-04-10
  • Modernism in-between (…) then, Yugoslav culture was not entirely open either functioning inside a systemic “membrane” that filtered the exchange with the outside world. Similarly, Yugoslavia’s position between the “three worlds” of the Cold War was not symmetric either. The chief reference points of exchange shifted at first from East to West and then only slightly back […] jo pixel No responses 2014-03-09
  • Spomenik, Kosmaj The monuments (spomenika) that Tito commissioned to artists and architects to commemorate events of the Second World War are one of the most capturing outcomes of a modernist idea of Yugoslavia. These works translate in concrete gestures the aspiration to settle a national identity and commemorate traumatic history without nationalist rhetoric, revering the past while translating […] jo pixel No responses 2013-09-24