The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Stockholm, Sweden
Urban Design and Landscape
"New Belgrade’s Cultural Spine: Revitalization of the spaces lost to the Highway E75" is a Masterplan project that has a healing aspect to the city fabric and… more
My focus is architectural design that is connected and arises from its environment, history, the… more
First of all, your project is fascinating and I believe that such ideas can indeed change reality for the better. The leading principles of the project are very clear and indicate your ability to produce a complex project and explain it simply.
Your idea to take inspiration from the existing and improve it works well with the urban area you chose to take care of and allows pedestrians to use the urban space. In addition, the division of the project into a number of nodes creates interesting urban situations in which there is a choice and therefore encounters between students, locals and tourists are created. The use of a programmatic toolbox is not reflected in the documents where you specify the architecture of the blocks. In each document, it is possible to display several reference points or details at the same time. In this analytical project, I suggest that in every document in which you present one of the blocks, add an orientation scheme so that it is possible to refer to each block separately but also to the relationships between the blocks. In addition, I recommend adding the walking or cycling distances between the different blocks because this is a leading principle in your project.
The 3D views and graphics of the project shows well the relationship between the existing layer and the new layer you added and also show that you respect the place and get inspiration from it to create the new layer.
Thank you and good luck!
"New Belgrade’s Cultural Spine: Revitalization of the spaces lost to the Highway E75" is a Masterplan project that has a healing aspect to the city fabric and public life. Belgrade is a city located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers which divide the city into three parts. Still, besides this division, there is also a Highway that has a disruptive effect on the city fabric.
How do the communities surrounding the highway interact with it? How they can use the space which now is not possible? The project is about communities and heritage adjacent to the highway. How to provide access to it?
Focusing on New Belgrade’s Central Zone, this project provides the model that is an alternative to the model of big developments, instead of covering up empty sites, it is trying to rethink their function and create a cultural spine that is desperately forgotten in this part of the city.
My proposal can be divided into three parts: cultural interventions, infrastructural interventions and a programmatic toolbox.
Cultural interventions are the primary interventions of this project and directly depend on the block in which they are located. These are cultural buildings or physical spaces where culture is created. These objects that I am introducing are alien to the site, but also indigenous by drawing on certain languages and patterns that I have read from the local context. Also, they were influenced by the view from the highway, since it is still going to be a very busy road, viewing the building from that angle was something I was guided by when designing them. Programs are set, but they are also open for locals to define them in their own way.
Infrastructural interventions connect the space between the proposed cultural facilities with the already existing traffic infrastructure. Walking and cycling lanes are carefully implemented in the existing sanitary protective layer of blocks considering existing vegetation, so the trees separate walking and cycling traffic and create green patches. Also, opposite blocks are connected with a number of new bridges that are exclusive to walking and cycling traffic, allowing more connections between the communities from different blocks.
Programmatic toolbox maximizes forgotten relationship with the area next to a highway by implanting new cultural, and recreational activities but also adventure programs to try to enhance and empower the potential of this area. They are scattered across the cultural spine and enrich the space between cultural interventions, leaving no empty space on this long line. For example, we have normal and electrical bicycle stations, event platforms, musical parks, book sharing stations, chess tables, bird feeders, location markers etc.
"New Belgrade’s Cultural Spine" consists of:
- Cultural interventions:
Museum of Modernistic Architecture and Design
New Belgrade's Student Theatre
- Infrastructural interventions:
Bridges crossing the highway...
- Programmatic toolbox:
Book sharing stations