Old place, New Kids, New Ideas



How to make public space interesting, sustainable, put it to the service of citizens?

How to make an derelict or abandoned public space interesting, sustainable, put it to the service of citizens and various programs? Weave in urban design in nature and enriches it with the nature. Activate it in a way that attracts the attention of passersby, creating a desire to stay, enjoy it and even express creativity through interaction. At the same time avoiding construction work, without spending piles of money or jeopardizing the environment, leaving behind a structure in which the final shaping and the key position is given to the user. 

This challenging question was before young professionals, postgraduates of Architecture and Forestry Faculty through the Internal Competition for the Conceptual and Technical Design of Spatial Structures as a part of the project "Child and the city, public space that fosters culture and play", organized by BFF and partners - Swedish engineering houses Tengbom and Ekologigrup, with the support of mentors from the Faculty of Architecture and Faculty of Forestry from Belgrade. The condition of the competition was to team up young architects and landscape architects as participants of the competition and introduce them to a real business, everyday situation of cooperation with colleagues from different professions, while working on the same project task.

The practice of intensive and constructive cooperation of landscape and the architectural professions in Serbian framework is exception rather than the rule, both for accomplished professionals as well for students; while in countries with developed culture and successful practice of planning public space for children and youth practise of cooperation is a necessary prerequisite. This competition was first step in changing the old habits and a good opportunity for international cooperation between Swedish and our professionals.

The multi-purpose structure, harmonized with the environment natural environment located on the waterfront in Belgrade Sava (stretching from Branko's Bridge to gaze) and the spread of the park Ušće (area from Branko's Bridge to the Museum of Contemporary Art).

When evaluating the work of contestants innovative approach and originality was particularly valued for integrating program and ecological functions in the spatial structure as well the possibility of simple construction-deconstruction, portability and flexibility in relation to the environment of specified locations.

Jury selected, following the propositions of the competition, work of  Nataša Petković and Anica Maksić named  “Willow Structure”, pavilion made from organic material, living willows forming areas  for the various functions and facilities. Other works also showed a great degree of foresight and creative synergy of architecture and landscape architecture, giving us hope that these young people will soon have more to show in their professional development. We intend to continue our cooperation with the most talented amongst them and in the near future making their ideas come to life in urban area of Belgrade in a need for renewal.

The winners of the competition as a prise got to spend a week in Stockholm this spring and have professional practice hosted by the Tengobom engineering offices.

 

Possibility of development and implementation of innovative, multifunctional and sustainable programs and design, with a focus on the needs of children and young people in public urban open space, are often ignored framework. Even worse is that integration of plants, organic and ecosystem elements are left out and ignored in the planning and design of 'public places'. This reflects on young professionals since they are not getting enough information during their formal education, and even harder to come to practice in this unfavourable settings. That is why this competition was intended for them.

We thank the jury members, who in the process provided mentoring and advisory support to competitors and competition management of BFF

Assistant Professor Dr. Ana Nikezić, Architect / Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade

Natasa Janković / Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade

Mr. Pavle Stamenović, architect / Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade

Mr. Andreja Tutundžić, landscape architect / Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade

Shira Jacobs, landscape architect, urban planner and designer / Tengbom, Stockholm

Magdalena Monet, landscape architect / Ekologigruppen, Stockholm

 

About Us

The aim of Belgrade Flower Festival organization is to encourage the development of standards of urban ecology on the principles of sustainability and the active public through various activities. The basic postulate is to improve the quality of life through different disciplines and network cooperation, which produces interaction by offering reconstruction, protection and evaluation of Belgrade green infrastructure as an important part of our everyday urban life.Programs of Belgrade Flower Festival include organization of events, training, work actions and taking initiatives with a concrete solution of urban environmental problems.Belgrade Flower Festival gathers a number of associates and partners from the field of ecology and environmental protection, landscape architecture and horticulture, urban planning and urbanism, culture and art, design, architecture industry and eco-industry, education and sports, media and socially responsible companies.Belgrade Flower Festival projects involve, engage and promote the work of creative people and young professionals focusing on the improvement of environment and urban ecology.Belgrade Flower Festival promotes the culture of life through green, healthy and creative lens.

 

 

 

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