Serbia - Biennale Architettura 2016

The flood is afoot. The insides of the arc, hideout of the rebellion, radiate hope. Trench of the revolution has been drawn,from the lower deck we row towards the treasure, bathing in Blue, which has no boundaries and not a single drop of bad blood.


"We were gathered as three young, just graduated architects from the same generation, and we described our own front without any idea that implied anything other than what was known to us, though it might have been expected. In that sense, this project above all else sets generation boundaries and describes a pressing problem, which is global in its spatial distribution. This makes it a strong impression of the moment, not only in regard to architecture today, but also to us as the authors to whom this topic will not be of interest already "tomorrow", as we will outgrow it."

(Author's Comment, 2016)

"Early on in his career as a dictator, Benito Mussolini, a smart wordsmith, decided to give a martial flavour to the harvest by calling it ‘The Battle for Grain’. There are similar muscular overtones in this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale’s theme of ‘reporting from the front.’ It is an attractive suggestion that architects fulfill a heroic role…"

(H. Ibelings, rew., 2016)

"This paper is yet another event of reporting from the front. A report that is fundamentally different if not in character but in the framework of architecture from the normative paradigm assumed by Alejandro Aravena, the Artistic Director of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. According to Aravena, the battle cry for this year’s Architecture Biennale, thematically titled Reporting from the Front, is a call directed at the architectural community: the “battle to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life.” Unlike the previous Biennale, the Architecture Biennale for this year will focus on architecture and..."

(Karl S. Chu, rew., 2016)

"However, the idea of a Front indicates existence on a thiny line, a state of latent possibilities for the both sides constituting the battlefield. Braking the frontline consequently opens a new stage of ongoing activities. This process is generative for new, incoming strategies which are pushing the line step by step. It provides..."

(V. Mako, rew., 2016)

The mainstay of the project is in the analysis of the contemporary situation and in recognizing the sociological phenomena surrounding the burning problem of the way architecture as a profession treats the newcomers to the field. 

The kind of intimate addressing contained within motivational letters, where individuals offers their skills to the market, written on the border between the two states, dream and reality, rational and emotional, here and there; goes along with the idea of floating in a frozen moment of time inside the pavilion, while being a sample of the system that it problematizes.

They are the first step towards accepting the unsafe professional positions reflected in endless professional trainings and internships for architects that are served as the only way to one day, maybe in their 30s, get permanent employment.

The sound of the revolution is not just any kind of murmur, a rhythm can be discerned, singularity of the manifold. When you notice the known sound of paddling it’s easy to catch the rhythm and follow the wave. As a possible way out of the feeling of systemic constriction, a route of joint sailing opens up. Pavilion crowded with architects, initiators of the revolution, echoing in the presence of a crowd, celebrates their energy and perseverance, highlighting the importance of the existence of a joint effort.
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The workflow in architectural computer programs has a specific rhythm. Each command that is being typed becomes a separate rhythmic figure, rapid or slow, soft or swift. Confirmation of each command resonates and gives the rhythm which binds individual sound figures into rhythmic sentences harmonized with a strong collective rhythm.

Under the "heroic" slogan of progress, the XX century has dreamed the dream of redefining life through architecture. It gave birth to heroes, who disappeared as individuals over time. Besides a few giants, now runs the reality of a multitude of unknown heroes. Soldiers of fortune, freelancers, heroes of the one to one scale.

Perhaps a great idea is lacking, but the charge of the rebellion exists. We see the potential in the power of the individuals who resist the current order and accept the full weight of the situation they are in as inevitable. Their strength to persevere in a dream of materialization / execution of architecture is frightening.

The pavilion aspires to raise awareness for the presence of ‘’redundant’’ architects, it celebrates their energy and persistence in desire to make a change, it becomes a symbol of leaving a trace.

Ultramarine Blue
Five hundred cubic meters of Blue, invariable Blue, altered only when the eyes dance, or when the dust and notches disturb it.RAL 5002 | 25 x 8 x 2.5 m
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Stefan Vasić, Architect
Ana Šulkić, Architect
Igor Sjeverac, Architect

Vladimir Dabić, Sound Specialist
David Brbaklić, Designer
Milorad Obradović, Construction Specialist

Hans Ibelings, Arch. historian, The Architecture Observer
Karl S. Chu, Architect
Vladimir Mako, PhD, Architect and Art historian

Ivan Rasković, Architect
Deputy Commissioner

Dejan Todorović, Architect
Scientific Committee

Ljiljana Miletic Abramović, MSc, Art historian
Igor Marić, PhD, Architect
Aleksandar Bobić, Architect
Milan Ðurić, Architect
Vladimir Milenković, PhD, Architect
Vesna Cagić Milošević, Architect
Maja Cirić, PhD, Art historian
Patronised and organised by

Republic of Serbia Ministry of Culture and Information
Museum of Applied Arts‎, Belgrade
The Union of Architects of Serbia

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