Balkanology. New Architecture And Urban Phenomena in Southeast Europe

Balkanology AzW

Exhibition: 22 October 2009 – 18 January 2010
Architekturzentrum Wien

An exhibition by the S AM – Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, in cooperation with the Architekturzentrum Wien

Location & opening hours:
Architekturzentrum Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Daily 10 am – 7 pm

Opening: 21 October 2009, 7 pm
Speakers: Dietmar Steiner (Director Az W), Kai Vöckler (Curator), Christine Böhler (Director of the ERSTE Foundation’s Culture programme), Erhard Busek (Head of the board of the Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa)
Opening event: ost klub goes Az W / from 10 pm / partly following the opening of the exhibition
With South-Balkan beats by DJ Sid Data & the Ost-Kollektiv
Admission free!

Extensive informal construction that began with the end of the Socialist economic system has resulted in a radical transformation of urban structures and a new form of urbanisation. With examples from Belgrade, Bucharest, Kotor, Pula, Prishtina, Sofia, Tirana and Zagreb, the exhibition “Balkanology. New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in Southeast Europe” shows how architects, urbanists and activists engage with the rapid processes of urban transformation in a context of their cultural, social and political dimensions in the Balkan countries. As an initiative – supported by ERSTE Stiftung from the outset – the exhibition opens up a new field, and provides an overview of the little known post-Socialist architecture as well as the result of unregulated and uncontrolled urban planning in the countries of Southeast Europe.
In its 2009 programme the Architekturzentrum Wien focuses on the Balkans. After the very successful exhibition about Bogdan Bogdanović the Az W shows “Balkanology. New Architecture And Urban Phenomena in Southeast Europe”. In the accompanying programme the 17th Wiener Architektur Kongress also deals with this topic.

17. Wiener Architektur Kongress
21-22 November 2009, Architekturzentrum Wien
The symposium will examine two important phenomena of Southeast European urbanisation – both came along with the dissolution of the socialist economies. First, the extensive informal construction activity that has led to a completely new form of urbanisation; and second, vanity projects – prestigious examples of architecture that cities need to be able to keep up with the global competition for star architects. Architects, urbanists and experts from various Southeast European cities will go into these phenomena of largely unregulated urban transformation processes and discuss the perspectives of these models vis-à-vis the global economic crisis. The open, discursive character of the Kongress encourages a vivid exchange of ideas between visitors and speakers. A choice of the contributions will be published in the Architekturzentrum’s quarterly “Hintergrund”.

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