BINA WALK: THE BANKS OF THE SAVA RIVER AND WHAT CONNECTS THEM
Guided by: Мilena Zindović and Dobrivoje Erić, Do.co.mo.mo Serbia
→ in front of the restaurant Gabbiano, hotel Jugoslavija
"The left bank of the Sava was Austrian. Only sand and marshland all the way to Zemun. The guard posts were positioned at three checkpoints along the river bank: at the confluence of the Sava into the Danube, halfway to Railway Bridge and at the very bridge. Two Hungarian guards, with the rifles slinging down their shoulders and military hats on, lavishly ornamented with huge green feathers, which resembled rooster tails, were walking slowly, and in a synchronised manner between the posts along the path next to the river. There was about half an hour of freedom between their getting from one post to another. We used that precious time to swim and to pluck water lilies in the marshland. But, the guards did not stick to their daily routine on one occasion. They surprised us, captured Hugo who had gone furthest, chased him naked on foot all the way to Zemun. They kept him there over night, then brought him back to the riverbank and let him swim back over. "
(Aleksandar Deroko, An' then a plane flew o'er Belgrade, 1984)
The quote of the famous architect and erudite Aleksandar Deroko is an exceptional introduction into the story on one of the most interesting and most intriguing zones of the Serbian capital. Thick layers of history, culture and politics of Belgrade experience new readings and temptations of a city on water, which resumes the ideological discourses of the previous layers. Modernist Belgrade, greatly dependent on the topology and values of the area formed by the flow of the greatest river of the Balkans, is the stamp of the various and most frequently diverse practices of our architects, urban planners and politicians.
Milena Zindović is an architect and the editor-in-chief of the web forum “Women in Architecture” www.zua.rs. After Belgrade University, she continued her architecture studies at Cornell University in New York. She gained experience in Belgrade (Serbia) and Ljubljana (Slovenia), and is currently engaged as director of the Public Planning Company “Plan” in Šabac (Serbia). She is the editor of the awarded book “Women in architecture | Contemporary Architecture in Serbia since 1900”. Milena is co-founder and steering committee member of the Women’s Architectural Society.
Dobrivoje Lale Erić is an art historian and the president of the national division Do.co.mo.mo Serbia. He realized two author exhibitions at the Belgrade International Architecture Week (BINA) in 2010 and 2011, and he guided a dozen different walks within BINA. Mr. Erić is in charge of the Sector for International Cooperation at the Centre for the Promotion of Science. He is also the national coordinator of EU Projects European Digital Art & Science Network - Art & Science (Creative Europe) and Creations (Horizon 2020).