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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.)


Program bar

The bar Program is located on the site of a former charming Divas bistro. Saša Žerajić, the ever-present and loved face of the bistro, who worked there since the opening, decided to create his own concept in the same place. 


PULS*AR was established in December 2013, as a new initiative by principal architects with a collective wealth of experience built through their individual careers, each stretching back almost twenty years. Together, they encompass a wide range of varied concepts, designs, and built developments, winning them international recognition and a host of prestigious awards.

Atelier Ane Barbić Katičić

Ana Barbić Katičić has been exhibiting independently and collectively in Croatia and abroad (France, Belgium, Israel) for 15 years (since graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb). So far she has exhibited 20 times independently, and is a member of Croatian Association of Artists and Croatian Freelance Artists Association.

Home of Printers’ Trade Union

The printmakers’ and publishers’ union is, with its 147 years of constant activity, the oldest union in Croatia and beyond, established as the Croatian Typographic Society.

Kreativni centar Ledana

Unutrašnjost bloka u Bauerovoj 19 jedan je od primjera dugogodišnjeg nastojanja za očuvanjem bivšeg industrijskog kompleksa tvornice leda kao prostora od javnog značaja, a protiv pokušaja njegove privatizacije.