BINA WALK: ON THE ROAD OF ARCHITECTURAL DESTRUCTION
Guided by: Aleksandar Staničić, Do.co.mo.mo Serbia
→ From Mostar intersection to the building of RTS in Aberdareva Street
The walk will incorporate buildings damaged in the 1999 NATO bombardment: the Republic and (now already cleared) Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs by architects Ivan Antić and Ludvig Tomori, Generalštab by Dobrović and the RTS building in Aberdareva Street. The focus will be on processes that occurred from the moment of destruction and the given projects/proposals for their renewal: competition "New gates of Belgrade" for both Ministries, competition "Memorial to the perished employees of Radio Television of Serbia" in the Aberdareva Street, and the obvious lack of solution for Generalštab that is plagued by many controversies and speculations. The goal of this walk is to present a chronology of architectural destruction in which the bombardment was only the initial spark. Reconstruction proposals that will also be presented to participants point to delicate architectural sense for urban memory and question of post-traumatic national identity, probably revealing why they haven’t been realized thus far.
Dr. Aleksandar Staničić, Associate Research Scholar, The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University. He received Ph.D. in Architectural Composition from the Politecnico di Milano in 2014, with the Doctor Europaeus Certification. His research examines the phenomena of calculated destruction of architecture in modern-day conflicts, the fabrication of identity and memory via the (mis)treatment of architectural heritage in post-conflict reconstruction, and the ideology behind architectural design.