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Urbanist Interface


Location: Design District Zagreb

Antigentrifikacijska redakcija: Dafne Berc, Dino Belamarić, Bojan Mucko & Ivan Zaninović

Actors and case studies in the neighborhood

A / Coeliac Center, Tomašićeva Street 10
B / Myasthenia gravis society, Health Center (HC) 16 Laginjinja Street
C / Rheumatism society, HC 16 Laginjina Street
D / Kinematika orthopedic and physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic, HC 16 Laginjina Street
E / Medveščak Retiree Society, Local Board (LB) 11 Laginjina Street
F / The Vigor society for sports recreation, LB 11 Laginjina Street
G / Medveščak retirement home, 8 Ibler Square

1 / Shadow Casters (Bacači Sjenki) art organization, 44 Martićeva Street
2 / Booksa, 14d Martićeva Street
3 / Design Center Zagreb, 9 Račkoga Street
4 / Miroslav Kraljević Gallery, 29 Šubićeva Street
5 / Croatian Association of Artists, 16 Žrtava fašizma Square
6 / Kinoklub Zagreb (Cinema-club Zagreb), 14 Žrtava fašizma Square
7 / Medveščak Library, 7 Žrtava Fašizma Square
8 / Pogon Independent Culture and Youth Center, 11 Mislavova Street
9 / OPA Association for Promotion of Visual Culture, 81a Vlaška Street

Residential-communal perspectives:
Ledana Creative Center, 19 Baureova Street
Closed Street Days, Tomašićeva Street
Neighborhood Garden, city block Tuškanova-Martićeva-Makančeva-Zvonimirova
‘Bagdad’, 79-81 Vlaška Street
55-59 Vlaška Street
25 Martićeva Street


Workshop: ‘Neighborhood — A docufiction storyboard’

— every day from June 13th to June 18th in the rooms of Coeliac Center, 10 Tomašićeva Street
— antigentrification staff in cooperation with dramatist Nina Gojić

The name Design District Zagreb, besides denoting the festival, also denotes the part of town between Draškovićeva, Vlaška, Držićeva, and Zvonimirova streets. Before and after the festival, the neighborhood is temporarily or permanently utilized by various everyday protagonists, residents, tenants, strategic institutions, informal citizen initiatives, citizen organizations… In the preparatory phase of the workshop, we got to know some of them, and together we made a mental map of the neighborhood in which it is in detail presented from various user perspectives. The neighborhood map is docufictional – the neighborhood is seen as a potential movie set defined by genres.

This hybrid, synthetic map will be used during the workshop as a basis for an interdisciplinary narrative experiment and as a means of further communication with the residents. The product of the workshop is a docufictional storyboard in the form of a fanzine addressed to the residents of the neighborhood. The aim of the workshop is creating narratives that oppose the simplistic logic of branding, and depict the reach of Design District as an area of various different, often irreconcilable paradigms, as a living space in which factography and fiction blend.

The workshop is open for young experts and students of design, architecture, drama, new media, cultural anthropology, and sociology, and anyone who thinks they can productively contribute to this kind of workshop.


Discursive Program

With the discursive program, we wish to give visibility to various actors in the neighborhood not necessarily related to the commercial or creative sectors, and whose activity is recognized as an important factor for the quality of life in this area of town. The panels are conceptualized as open work meetings on which we gather the subjects from nearby user domains with a long-term aim of building new models of cooperation, connecting the extra-institutional and institutional, and the potential of programmatic networking. The panel titles are formal, and indicate the detected user domains: health, culture, and residential-communal. Besides the panels, several lesser events are also scheduled.

Tuesday / June 13th / 19:00 / Ledana Creative Center, 19 Bauerova Street
— the opening of a part of the exhibition of the inventory of Slavijapromet Design Studio

Wednesday / June 14th / 10:00–12:00 / Matko Laginja Local Board, 11 Laginjina Street
— a chatroom about neighborhood memories with the members of the Medveščak Retiree Society. Recreational warm-up with the Vigor Society for Sports Recreation.
— participants: Mirjana Matjačić, Vesna Jurić, Zlatko Cahun and Snježana Nagy Jušić
— warm-up: Đurđa Podvorac

Wednesday / June 14th / 18:00 / Coeliac Center, 10 Tomašićeva Street / Neighborhood Health

— participants: Ružica Lah (Coeliac Center), members of the Medveščak Retiree Society, Đurđa Podvorac (Vigor Society for Sports Recreation), Ana Lipša Kocmanić (Medveščak Retirement) Home

The thing specific to the neighborhood visible from its pedestrian zone is the large number of health institutions, and of special interest are the citizen organizations specialized for people suffering from specific illnesses, such as coeliac disease or myasthenia gravis. A certain number of organizations has been using street locales gravitating towards the Health Center in Laginjina Street for years, as well as the rooms of Matko Laginja Local Board. This active local board is the home for organizations dedicated to the elderly — Medveščak Retiree Society and Vigor Society for Sports Recreation. These gather people from various parts of the city, and their general visibility is low even though they represent an important part of everyday life for their members. The same pertains to the institution of the Medveščak Retirement Home.

Can this festival format help initiate the networking processes and raise the visibility of organizations from the domain of health and thus contribute to the general improvement in the quality of life in the neighborhood?

Thursday / June 15th / 19:00 / Coeliac Center, 10 Tomašićeva Street / Residential-communal Perspectives

— participants:  Domagoj Margetić (Ledana Creative Center), Krešimir Galović and Gordana Koruga (Tuškanova-Martićeva-Makančeva-Zvonimirova city block), Maja Sever (Tomašićeva Street), Lana Bobić (ZaJedno Initiative), Gordana Vojković (Croatian Association of Tenants Citizens of EU)

Ledana Creative Center is one of the positive examples of the many years long fight the residents of 19 Bauerova Street have been fighting for the ownership of the industrial complex which is part of the city block, with the aim of preserving the place of public importance, and against the attempt of its illegal privatization. The residents of the building have organized themselves and preserved the former ice factory, and in the process learned specific things and legal skills useful in the fight against the gentrification typical of the Lower City industrial-residential blocks. What if there’s a similar case of real-estate speculation going on right now just around the corner, and the people there don’t know about Ledana?

The ZaJedno initiative in Vlaška Street is aiming at the activation and revitalization of the ‘Bagdad’ abandoned industrial object, and there are other forms of self-organized neighborhood activity. For example, the Closed Street Days (Tomašićeva Street) organized by Moj Bicikl (My Bike) organization, or the garden utopia of the Tuškanova-Zvonimirova-Makančeva-Martićeva city block.

This panel is based on the assumption that a neighborhood exchange of skills and knowledge (by otherwise unconnected individuals and initiatives) could have a positive effect on the emancipation of neighborhood’s residents, and thus a long-term positive effect on the development of sustainable revitalization strategies, especially since the people gathered, apart from having a feeling of community, have experience with using organizational tools for the activation of urban spaces, from gardens and buildings, to blocks and entire streets.

Friday / June 16th / 19:00 / Coeliac Center, 10 Tomašićeva Street
— the opening of the exhibition of works by students of the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, with suggestions for altering the interior of the ‘Vodoopskrba i odvodnja’ (Water supply and drainage) city block, with an introductory conversation with architects and urbanists Bojana Bojanić Obad Šćitaroci and Hrvoje Njirić

Saturday / June 17th / 17:00–19:00 / Start at Coeliac Center, 10 Tomašićeva Street
— several hours long historical tour of the neighborhood led by art historian Krešimir Galović

Satuday / June 17th / 18:00 / Miroslav Kraljević Gallery, INA Building, 29 Šubićeva Street / Culture in the Neighborhood

— participants: Janja Sesar (Pogon Independent Culture and Youth Center), Ivana Andabaka (Croatian Association of Artists), Lea Vene and Ana Kovačić (Miroslav Kraljević Gallery, GMK), Dušica Parezanović (Booksa), Boris Bakal (Shadow Casters art organization), Dario Dević (Kinoklub Zagreb, KKZ), Jagoda Ille (Medveščak Library), Bojan Krištofić (Design Center Zagreb), Jelena Bračun (OPA Association for Promotion of Visual Culture)

Incidentally, in the area of the neighborhood there is a slew of cultural organizations of various organizational typologies. We will mention only some of these, from east to west: Pogon Independent Culture and Youth Center, KKZ (the oldest amateur cinematography club in Southeast Europe), CAA  (the professional association of artists), Booksa (the legendary polyvalent cultural force led by the Kulturtreger organization) and GMK (the non-profit modern art gallery in INA’s building).

Besides being active in the domain of culture and a corner away from each other, the mentioned actors cooperate rarely or never. With this meeting, we ask a simple question about the potential of networking these organizations, and a somewhat harder question about cultural sustainability in the neighborhood.

Sunday / June 18th / 17.00 / Coeliac Center, 10 Tomašićeva Street
— presenting the results of the ‘Neighborhood: Docufictional Storyboard’ workshop


Program authors

Dino Belamarić combines working as an architect with the engagement in the area of urban activism.

Dafne Berc is an architect primarily dedicated to the exploration of spatial problems in broader social and cultural context.

Bojan Mucko is new media artist, cultural anthropologist and a philosopher. He is interested in the investigative, interdisciplinary and inter-media approach to contemporary art.

Ivan Zaninović is architecture student who researches various practices in the field of urbanity and space.