Block 23 in Novi Beograd and the Belgrade quarter of Cerak Vinogradi are part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, following the exhibition “Towards a Concrete Utopia – Yugoslav Architecture from 1948 to 1980”, as the only buildings not to have an adverse effect on the nature.
The Belgrade neighbourhood of Cerak Vinogradi was designed in 1977, and Block 23 was built in 1974. The latter was designed by architects Aleksandar Stjepanovic, Bozidar Jankovic and Branislav Karadzic. Today, the blueprints, models and catalogues related to this residential block are located at the MoMA.
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“Block 23 and Cerak Vinogradi are the peak of residential architecture and have been informally recognized by architects and urban planners as a lesson in residential design,” points out Jelica Jovanovic, a curator at the MoMA.
“The first lesson at our architecture studies was that architecture is a trinity of art, science and technique. Cerak Vinogradi is an accomplishment in terms of how it’s designed and developed over nine and a half years from a suburban area into a small hill town of its own,” architect Milenija Marusic explains.
The fact that Block 23 and Cerak Vinogradi are part of the MoMA collection validates the value of Serbian architecture and makes it part of the global history of architecture.
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