New map to modernist architecture in Belgrade

Blue Crow Media has released the Modernist Map of Belgrade which has been produced in collaboration with architect Ljubica Slavkovic and photographer Relja Ivanic.

Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and former Yugoslavia, is located at the crossroads between Central and Southern Europe. During the second half of the 20th century, Belgrade underwent intensive reconstruction and development following the rise and the collapse of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Belgrade’s modern history introduced a new generation of Yugoslav architects who were able to stamp their own individual creativity and expertise on building environment. Belgrade became a home to significant number of modern buildings, built in contemporary European styles.

The two-sided, bilingual map and guide invites readers to ‘explore and recognize some of the most prominent achievements of Tito’s Yugoslavia and Modernist architecture in existence today’, and features 50 of the most significant examples of Modernist and Brutalist architecture in Belgrade today: icons like the Palace of Serbia, Genex Tower (The Western Gate of Belgrade), Rudo (Eastern Gate), Museum of Aviation, Urban Planning Institute, etc.

Slavkovic is keen to point out that, despite the density of original Modernist and Brutalist architecture and design in the city, the lack of public support and maintenance means that many of these structures are now in a pretty bad shape. Therefore the Modernist Belgrade Map​ (​Modernisticka mapa Beograda​) aims to draw the public’s attention to these architectural accomplishments before it’s too late.

The map is available via Blue Crow and in independent bookshops and it is priced at £8 / 9€ /1,100 RSD.

(Still in Belgrade, 12.06.2017)

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