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Unused spaces


In Martićeva and neighbouring streets there are many deserted storing places and outlets. Those places had previously been used as shops for the automobile industry. Also, there are many uncared-for yards surrounding apartment buildings, empty garages, warehouses and similar facilities. In the course of transition from socialism to capitalism, the automotive industry has vacated the city centre leaving behind a lot of empty space that have been filled up over the past decade. Many of those spaces are owned by the city and some have been rented out to various businesses. During the previous year, some of these spaces came to life once again by the accommodation of business and/or catering content (you can check this out via Locations section), some were deserted and some remained unused as they have been. It’s a continuous dynamic which causes problems in the urban structure of the neighborhood, but also provokes challenges and offers new possibilities.

Izlog doma zdravlja u Martićevoj ulici (foto: Marija Gašparović)

But what would happen if those spaces would be used for culture or creative industries at least on a temporary basis? Hypothetically, not only would the neighborhood benefit from new significance, but the permanent production would get an additional impetus. We are advocating a gradual agitation which would propel such development. Contact us with your own ideas by answering the calls for participation in DDZ 2017 festival’s program, but apart from the specific competitions, too, in any time of the year.


Lopašićeva 5 (foto: M.G.)
Martićeva 41 (foto: M.G.)


Slatka priča

The Slatka Priča pastry shop was started in 2013, and is currently in three places – Kranjčevićeva Street, Ivana Brlić Mažuranić Street in Zagreb’s Malešnica neighborhood, and, of course, Martićeva Street (since 2016), more precisely at the busy corner of Martićeva and Smičiklasova.


Mikrofon is a music school started in 2009, located in the charming inner courtyard of 19 Martićeva Street. Its predecessor was the Vocal Studio Maraton vocal workshop from Rijeka, and the school has since then grown from offering single singing lessons to group singing and lessons for children, as well as instrumental music lessons.

Medveščak Library

The Medveščak Library, our neighborhood’s branch of Zagreb City Libraries, encompasses three departments – adult, children’s and youth (also known as “Idi pa Vidi”, or “Come and See”). Besides normal library duties, the library also engages in setting up various exhibitions in its windows, and workshops in the rooms of the youth and children’s departments.  

Pogon Mislavova

Pogon Mislavova is one of the two locations of Pogon – Zagreb’s independent culture and youth center (the other is located in the Trnje neighborhood near the river Sava, in the larger half of the former Jedinstvo factory – the smaller half is occupied by club Močvara).

Deseto selo

The design studio with the unconventional name Deseto Selo (Tenth village) was founded in 2012 by Bojana Bota, Ana Ćurković Zelić and Sanja Dvornik. They settled in Zagreb’s Design District in 2015, and since then have been taking part in its good creative vibrations.