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02.04.2012 to 6 April | Exibition | KC “Grad” Braca Krsmanovic 4, Belgrade | http://www.gradbeograd.eu/

Failed Architecture - Savamala

Tourist Organization of Belgrade

Failed Architecture (FA) is an international research project and travelling forum, focusing on buildings and urban environments that are either malfunctioning, displeasing and/or have failed to stand the test of time, from Detroit’s postindustrial ruins and Communist-Era relics to China’s demolished courtyard houses and Dubai’s unfinished skyscrapers. The structures, on which the project focuses, are currently neglected, abandoned or even vandalized or demolished, because of rapidly changing economic, social, political and/or physical circumstances.

By conducting (field) research and facilitating the exchange of knowledge we learn lessons from former architectural failures, raise awareness among a broad public and save some overlooked and underrated urban success stories from oblivion.

Without a doubt the maxim ‘Failed Architecture’ raises questions. What and according to whom is architecture failed? Which criteria do we use when assessing architecture, e.g. the viewpoint of residents/users, architects, planners or other stakeholders? And how does the ‘Zeitgeist’ or popular taste, politics and cultural differences influence our judgment of buildings and cities?

Failed Architecture is organizing a workshop, a debate and an exhibition on Savamala with the aim to trace examples of urban change and potential in the area. By organizing a FA event on Savamala we are aiming at attracting public attention to it, at filtering its main characteristics, at defining its importance in context of the city of Belgrade and at engaging into a debate on its future.


The process of documentation of Savamala will focus on explaining the significance of the area, both in terms of its physical heritage (historical moments, the typology and quality of the buildings), as well as its social (mix of inhabitants and activities) and symbolical one (its historical significance in the urban development of Belgrade). In order to achieve this the workshop will engage into mapping, documenting and describing physical and social transformations, as well as potentials.

The case of Savamala will be discussed and presented parallel in Amsterdam home base, in order to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and experience regarding the urban environment.

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