One of the images of the cover of the recently published book Suburban Constellations comes from our Dom Novogo Byta film. The book in fact contains a photographic essay by ogino:knauss about the Khodinskoe field in Moscow, where we shoot the final images of the Muscovite episode of R:CP. Suburban Constellation is a book and a research project coordinated by Roger Keil at the York University – Toronto which shares many aspects with our re:centering periphery project: the attention at alternative spaces to the dense urban centers and flagship projcts often hegemonizing protagonists of urban studies, the transdisciplinar attitude and the attempt at an open and innovative way to propose academic research to a wider public.
Here a preview of the book
JEAN-LOUIS COHEN / MODERNISM AND PERIPHERY from OGINO KNAUSS on Vimeo.
November 2010, working at a spot for Moskonstruct campaign we shortly interview via Skype the architecture historian Jean Louis Cohen, one of the major experts of modernism and the curator of the recent exhibition of Le Corbusier at MOMA. Few questions about Narkomfin are published in the incoming Dom Novogo Byta DVD. We plan an extensive interview with professor Cohen about the topics of Re:centering Periphery in the next future. Here a short reflection about the disputable relation between modernist architecture and discredited urban peripheries.
Camera: Frederic Fasano
Children encyclopedia first published in Yugoslavia in 1960.
The monuments (Spomenika) that Tito commissioned to artists and architects to commemorate moments of the Second World War are one of the most capturing outcomes of a modernist idea of Yugoslavia. These works translate in concrete gestures the aspiration to settle a national identity revering the past while translating it into pure geste, aspiration, poetry.
Day 3- Here come the tough guys…
At the other extremity of Novi Belgrade from the historical centre, Bloks 61, 62, 63 are among the most extreme neighbourhoods of the city.
Long transversal strips of high rise buildings connect two main bulevars.
Pedestrian elevated floors are separated by the garages at the bottom level
Between every strip a 200 mt. canyon of buildings with few or no passages in the middle .
The resulting public space has a definitely worst quality respect to other bloks we visited
Here also there is plenty of sport facilities and gardens, but the soil in this part of the city looks more dry and the overall impression is of a much less green place…
It seems that these bloks are especially inhabited by soldiers and their families.
It is not by chance that the French blockbuster “Banlieu 13″ has been in fact shot here.
NEW BELGRADE – PUBLIC CITY 1
NEW BELGRADE – PUBLIC CITY 2
NEW BELGRADE – PUBLIC CITY 3