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Ana Vilenica is researcher, theoretician and activist working on issues concerning urban regenerations, social movements and women in austerity measures; co-editor of the book On the ruins of the Creative City and editor of uz)bu))na))) — journal for art, politic, theory and activism.
Dubravka Sekulic´ is an architect and researcher working on the issues concerning production of space, author of Glotzt Nicht so Romantisch! On Extralegal Space in Belgrade.
Iva Cˇukic´ is an architect, activist and a PhD candidate; she co-launched the collective Ministry of Space which deals with issues of development of the city and citizens’ participation in the process of urban development.
Ljubica Slavkovic´ is an architect and researcher, active as an associate writer for numerous publications; she is an editor and an architect at the Center for Cultural Decontamination and co-editor of the architectural magazine and research platform Kamenzind.
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urbanize - Int. Festival für urbane Erkundungen
Stop investitorskom urbanizmu - Report from Belgrade Waterfront
The investor urbanism in Belgrade is taking place both on a small and a large scale, and in the past 15 years we have witnessed the announcement of several flagship projects. The iconic architecture and urban renewals were presented for very attractive locations in the city, promising a big slice of the Bilbao effect. The latest incarnation of this practice is the Belgrade Waterfront Project, more grandiose than any of its ancestors in numbers and scale, its costs for taxpayers, potential risks, the numerous violated regulations and laws and the frightening social consensuses. For the first time, Serbian Government becomes, not only an enabler of the project, but also its instigator.
It can be said that Belgrade always had an uneasy relationship with urban planning. The mixture between strict and rigid attitude of planners when making the plans and a relaxed attitude towards their implementation is still one of the main characteristics of urban planning in Belgrade. The novelty is that these processes are no longer part of a systematic and comprehensive thinking about cities. The idea that general urban planning lost its role and omnipresent servility of profession to (political) power welcomed megalomaniac visions of the new investor’s city. Thus the city ceased to be a space which seeks to establish, at least nominally, equality of inhabitants and becomes rather a place of increasing inequality and social and economic tensions.
These processes finally brought about the wide exclusion of the public in decision-making, leaving the public interest unprotected, on the margins of the new (absent) society. As those with the official mandate to protect the public interest abandon it to serve the interest of the capital, the protection of the public interest becomes the focal point of organizing independent initiatives in the domain of spatial transformations of the cities and production of the cities, with the name: Don’t drown Belgrade1. (...)
The name is an untranslatable game of words in Serbian. The closest translation would be a description of how brackets offer reading of two sentences, one meaning »We do not give Belgrade« and the other
»Do not sink Belgrade«.