20 November 2018
co+labo radović co+labo way presented@70th anniversary of the Urban Planning Institute
The key-note lectures by Darko Radović, Davisi Boontharm (Meiji IAUD and co+labo) and Brigitte Jilka (City of Vienna Director of Planning, Development and Construction) opened the International Conference which marked the venerable 70th anniversary of the Urban Planning Institute of Belgrade. The celebratory character of the occasion has no diminished the importance and an activist edge embedded in the theme - The Future of Institutional Planning.
The opening talks, which were introduced by Ms Vesna Tahov (Director of the Institute) and Dr Zaklina Gligorijević (an Expert Advisor of the Institute, and spiritus movens of the Conference), were followed by three high-powered panels, and a rich discussion with an remarkably knowledgeable and experienced audience. It was not insignificant that the Conference was held in one of the buildings of (recently) celebrated Yugoslav brutalist architecture (currently@MoMa). The space where discussions of now marginalised experts with proven track record in thinking and making that city provided a meaningful contrast with the outdoor spaces of Belgrade, where the global neoliberal development paradigm rules.