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June 21, 2013

SCRAMBLE 5_sml18 meter long ‘Scramble City’ being hung at Gredelj factory hall

Recently finished Dan_D (Day D, or day of design) in Zagreb Croatia took place in another one of the many abandoned industrial premises in the centre. The industrial heritage of the old Gredelj facory fills the largest central city gap, just behind the main railway station. Organised by the HDD Croatian Designer’s Society and in collaboration with Zagreb Holding, the partners managed to open the doors of the beautiful area and gave the ‘patient’ a shortlived rehab therapy. Pointing out the potential of the area. The romance and charm of the industrial heritage is in most European cities adopted by cultural polities, with varying degrees of success, but any larger city has one. Could Zagreb manage to get this one off the ground ?GRED_smlHaving in mind that the theme of current expo  is Design and the City, the temporary and ambitious programming works very well at the spot. Our ‘Scramble City’ lecture was planned together with several interesting practices: Muzej Kvarta, Akunpktura grada, 1postozagrad, Lana Cavar i Narcisa Vukojević, engaging with city and public space. 1005581_613901331975975_297286233_nHungry Designers have, except of having made the beautiful exhibit, been grilling sardines for the party. IGle with Nataša Mihaljčišin have made a catwalk. Propuh action in the ‘downtown’ blew some new wind in the area, opening the doors of small practices. In the photostudio Zelmanović portrait photographs were taken with the wind blowing machine. For the best photos the wind blows from the front. Hopefully reuse of the industrial heritage in Zagreb will get some wind from the back…..wind_sml


June 2, 2012

Historically the city gate, the Kvaternik – Badel area is a true Zagreb urban and trading area currently divided in three separate disconnected places. Ever since the market was removed from the Kvaternik square to the lot ’round the corner’ the area lost it’s heart. Our proposal in the competition for the Badel block creates an urban bypass, giving the market a new home and bringing it into the Badel block. Reuse of all heritage buildings strengthens and continues the urban mix of the place. The block perimeter is closed with housing and a composition of three towers (the existing tower with the two new mix-use towers) adds to the city skyline. The submerged market square allows for double space use exchanging the fresh food morning market with cultural market and public stage in the evening, asking for a direct link with the old distillery which turns into cultural black-box. By replacing the current market a free lot emerges on Šubićeva street, which we align and fill with new housing scheme. The proved collaboration of HL architecture and Daniel Casas Valle urbanism with Fabian Wallmüller‘s wonder touch aims to create vibrant social and economic heartbeat of the neighbourhood. This entry also serves as a discussion piece, pointing out the urban dependencies of the area. A pleasure to work on.


January 18, 2012

The MSU / Museum of contemporary art in Zagreb has put together an excellent exhibition under the title ‘Socialism and Modernity’. Presented ‘real utopian’ work of architecture, planning, art, design, graphics, film and media put together reveal an extraordinary amount of creativity and freedom. Therefore gridded abstract landscapes with socialist youth can be compared to the famous Superstudio’s  ‘Superexistence’ exhibited at the time in MOMA, while it took a while to get to see this one. fltr ‘young people vote for brighter youth and a better future’ 2. ‘youth creativity socialism’


April 11, 2011

next to the garage @ De Verdieping
Next FailedArchitecture is on April 20 with a.o. Petra Brouwer, Christian Ernsten, Fred Feddes, Ljubo Georgiev and Hršak Lada, who will take us from Almere to Zagreb via Detroit and Skopje.

Failed Architecture is a new series of talkshows with presentations by various experts and public discussions that focus on buildings and urban environments that failed to stand the test of time and are currently neglected, abandoned or even vandalized or demolished, because of changing economic, social, political, cultural and/or physical circumstances.

Without a doubt the maxim ‘Failed Architecture’ raises questions. What and according to whom is architecture failed? Which criteria do we use when assessing architecture, e.g. the viewpoint of inhabitants and/or users, architects and/or planners? And how does the ‘Zeitgeist’ or ‘our’ contemporary taste and cultural differences influence our judgment of buildings and cities?

Our contribution to the panel comes under the title: ‘Succesfull Modernism’  – The inside story of Zapruđe / Novi Zagreb