Opening of the exhibition: Heritage of International Cooperation. Croatian Architects’ Works in Africa and Asia

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Heritage of International Cooperation. Croatian Architects’ Works in Africa and Asia
November 30, 2020 @ 6.30pm
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Meeting ID: 884 4770 5893
Authors of exhibition:
Mojca Smode Cvitanović i Marina Smokvina
DAZ (Zagreb Society of Architects), Trg Bana Jelačića 3/I, Zagreb
Opening hours:
December 1 to16 – Working days: 11 am to 5 pm & 10am to 1pm on Saturdays
Organisation and production: Shadow Casters – program “Smarter City 2”

The course of Croatian architects’ work in international frameworks has been divergent in spatial as well as in organisational terms. The definition of certain African and Asian territories as areas of its convergence is to a large extent a result of the foreign policy of socialist Yugoslavia, guided by the idea of non-alignment. Simultaneously, it is a dynamic platform of different actors in the construction market of young, emancipated nations, whose expected sovereign development acquired visions from diverse architectural standpoints.
The character of architectural practices that emerge within such a concept of the “Third World” is therefore distinctly heterogeneous. From the standpoint of the economy, the scale could be set from the state significant, to individual ventures, or even migrations. As for the immediate working conditions, there is a noticeable duality in regard to the location of project documentation development – while some projects were exported from the Croatian bureaus, the others were developed based on a long-term work in international environments of the particular sites.

An overview of African and Asian works by Croatian architects is presented through the ten case-studies, each showing a relevant thematic unit, diverse in space and content. The exhibition content is therefore a reflection of the variability, contained within the nature of particular modalities of the observed work.

The exhibition is part of the “Smarter City 2” project within our multi-year program of thinking about urbanity and architectural and architectural heritage as a community resource.

Authors of exhibition:
Mojca Smode Cvitanović
is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Architecture (Department of History and Theory of Architecture, Department of Architectural Design). She is an associate in the research project Atlas of 20th Century Croatian Architecture. In her research work she focuses on the profession transfers and the international dissemination of knowledge within the architectural discipline. She is also active in architectural design practice.

Marina Smokvina is a practising architect and independent researcher. She is the founder of the Mars architecture office, with a domain including spatial situations of various purposes and scales. In her research work she deals with the activities of Croatian architectural and urban planning practices within international relations.

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