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2019: Volume 11

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ALEKSANDAR DEROKO

Guest Editor: Renata Jadrešin Milić

Aleksandar Deroko (1894-1988) was a prolific architect and historian of versatile professional achievements, well known in the academic and heritage circles of former Yugoslavia.  Deroko’s oeuvre was so multifaceted that every art and architectural historian can, without a doubt, find a link between their own work and something Deroko wrote. However, although he exemplifies twentieth-century development of the discipline in Serbia - and former Yugoslavia - in a way that few other architectural historians do, both twentiethcentury literature and more recent scholarship on Serbian architectural history show little interest in the principal concerns that drove Deroko’s work, whether theoretical or practical. This thematic issue of the SAJ was initiated as a part of an ongoing project devoted to Deroko at the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Architecture to mark three decades after his death. The issue comprises eight  biographical, analytical and speculative papers on his place in Serbian architectural history. 

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21st ICA POSSIBLE WORLDS OF CONTEMPORARY AESTHETICS: AESTHETICS BETWEEN HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY AND MEDIA (1)

This thematic issue of the SAJ features the first part of a selection of essays presented at the 21st congress of the International Association for Aesthetics, held 22-26 July 2019 at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade. The main aim of the 2019 Congress, which included presentations by some 400 participants from 56 countries spanning Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, North America, and Australia, was to facilitate the conversations about the three important areas of contemporary ‘sensory’ sociality: Western history, global geography, and virtual media spaces. More specifically, the Congress was focused on presenting the contemporary aesthetics of Africa, Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe, as well as opening up aesthetics to the transdisciplinary field of the study of art, culture, and society, as well as the natural and technological world surrounding them.

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21st ICA POSSIBLE WORLDS OF CONTEMPORARY AESTHETICS: AESTHETICS BETWEEN HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY AND MEDIA (2)

This thematic issue of the SAJ features the second part of a selection of essays presented at the 21st congress of the International Association for Aesthetics, held 22-26 July 2019 at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade. The main aim of the 2019 Congress, which included presentations by some 400 participants from 56 countries spanning Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, North America, and Australia, was to facilitate the conversations about the three important areas of contemporary ‘sensory’ sociality: Western history, global geography, and virtual media spaces. More specifically, the Congress was focused on presenting the contemporary aesthetics of Africa, Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe, as well as opening up aesthetics to the transdisciplinary field of the study of art, culture, and society, as well as the natural and technological world surrounding them.

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2018: Volume 10

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ARCHITECTURE BETWEEN INTELLECTUAL AND SENSORY REASON: REGARDING SEMIOTICS

Guest Editors: Jörg H. Gleiter and Sandra Meireis

This thematic issue of the SAJ presents essays introduced and discussed in September 2017 during the 2nd summer school, Architecture and Philosophy, at the Interuniversity Center in Dubrovnik. The summer school takes place annually for one week and dedicates itself to the topic of architecture and philosophy. In recent years, philosophy has moved more and more toward the center of debates on architecture. This is directly related to social transformation processes, which raise questions about new life models, urban densification, sustainability, and ethical questions. Today a change in basic values in architecture and urban contexts is taking place that has not been observed since the debates of modern urban planning in the 1950’s.

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ARCHITECTURE BETWEEN INTELLECTUAL AND SENSORY REASON: REGARDING SEMIOTICS

Guest Editors: Jörg H. Gleiter and Sandra Meireis

This thematic issue of the SAJ presents the second part of the selected essays presented in September 2017 during the 2nd summer school, Architecture and Philosophy, at the Interuniversity Center in Dubrovnik. The summer school takes place annually for one week and dedicates itself to the topic of architecture and philosophy. 

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URBAN OCCURENCES

This thematic issue of the SAJ opens a discussion on the number of occurrences caused and/or remaining after an urban phenomenon – resulting in some new urban occurrences. Although not defined as such, many of these are newly developed concepts responding to some of the intriguing occurrences – among which sustainability, compact city planning, spatial urban development, creative process behind something, etc. Following articles have gone deeper finding answers and/or challenging new occurrences. Sustainable architecture – is there any and what will it be? Is the compact city planning methodology the final one? Is driving development never ending? Will aesthetic consciousness be the one to stop it?

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2017: Volume 9

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DESIGN: GEOMETRY - STRUCTURE - MATERIAL

Technological development caused the emergence of new technologies and methods of  architectural creations, significantly influencing the fields of architectural materials, structures and building technology – the application of computational tools alone made irreversible changes in architectural design. Addressing these questions, this thematic issue of the SAJ explores new forms and materials which place new challenges in front of the architectural practice.

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CONTEMPORARY AESTHETIC RESEARCH: MAPPING CONTEMPORARY REGIONAL DISCOURSES

This thematic issue of SAJ comprises a selection of papers presented at the 21st Belgrade International Congress of Aesthetics and to promote the 21st ICA Congress that will be organised in Belgrade in 2019 under the title 'Possible Worlds of Contemporary Aesthetics: Aesthetics Between History, Geography and Media'

Featuring contributions from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Hungary, this issue maps contemporary research of aesthetics across the region. More specifically, the issue presents the papers on contemporary aesthetics, aesthetics of architecture, philosophy of art, art history, art and political theory, and cultural studies. Aesthetics is to be considered as a hybrid area, involving various local and global traditions, disciplines, and approaches. 

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PHD IN PROCESS: EXPLORING THE EDGE OF DISCIPLINE

The second issue in the 'PhD in Process' series explores the expansion of the disciplinary boundaries and the paradigms which inform it. This thematic issue of the SAJ includes papers offering insights into the PhD research broadly aimed at exploring interdisciplinarity. We thank all teachers and mentors for their guidance: Vladimir Mako, Aleksandar Ignjatović, Vladimir Lojanica from the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Architecture, and Luka Skansi from the University of Rijeka, Department of Art History.

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2016: Volume 8

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VERANCULAR ARCHITECTURE: FROM TRADITION TO THE FUTURE

Guest Editor: Mirjana Roter-Blagojević

The articles presented in this thematic issue of the SAJ problematise the understanding and implementation of principles and elements of traditional architecture in the past and its significance for contemporary and future theory and practice of the sustainable architectural design. Discussion started from the issue of the interpretation of the vernacular
principles and element application in the Serbian architecture of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century in recent architectural historiography and theory. The examination of the roles of master-builders from Macedonia and Serbia in the development of vernacular architecture over the Balkan region in early 19th century telling us about dissemination of universal house concepts, forms and building techniques in the past, as well as finding innovative and specific solutions in creating the unique values of architectural heritage in old town
Ohrid or in Stara Planina villages. Specific architectural elements of traditional houses, like courtyards in Cyprus and split levels of horizontal house plan in different Mediterranean and Balkan areas, are explored and discussed through its social, morphological, aesthetic and environmental aspects. Importance of preserving the traditional vernacular heritage as an element of cultural authenticity of the historic town squares and enhancement its acceptability is research whiten the modern sustainable urban development. Finally, we can conclude that vernacular architecture was created throughout history according to climatic-environmental, socio-cultural and socio-economic principles, with some specific variations according the local needs. There is no doubt that the lessons taught by traditional architecture can inspire contemporary architects and the reinterpretation of the sustainable principles and  characteristics of the vernacular heritage can become our challenge for the future.

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PHD IN PROCESS: CHALLENGING RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

The first half of the XXI century will certainly be remembered in history as the age in which culture and lifestyle on one side and digitaliaation on the other have significantly altered the balance between global socio-economic demands and local cultural-historical values of a place. Rational, universally accepted approach to space has been replaced by ecological, behavioural, socio-sensitive and others emphasizing the phenomenological approach towards space. Inter-, multi- and cross-disciplinarity become a range of values in the research, so
the classical research approaches determined by methodologies rooted in the doctrine of the XX century are brought into question. As the disciplines of architecture and urbanism primarily examine possibilities and potentials of the future and forthcoming, always projecting upcoming time and space, it is not surprising that the third education level in the field of
architecture and urbanism (PhD / Doctoral studies) puts the research and seek for possible pathways, tools and methods into the center of a curriculum. Therefore, we are thrilled to introduce the PHD IN PROCESS series which aim to show both inside and outside of the research executed during PhD studies, bringing together a forum engaged with multiple paradigms, debates and various inquiries.

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FROM SCALE TOWARD OPTIMISATION

Throughout history scale and proportion were deeply engaged with architecture applied to set a  relationship between the design space and the physical and ethical human measure. Nowadays, new techniques and new tendencies are deeply changing a centuries-long relationship between architecture and scale and proportion toward design process optimisation. The optimisation
has become new scale and measure of contemporary architecture – it is how optimised the space in relation to other elements, surroundings, or in relation to humans.

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2015: Volume 7

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REVISIONS OF MODERN AESTHETICS: PART 1

Guest Editor: Modrag Šuvaković

In memoriam of Dr Milan Damnjanović and Dr Heinz Paetzold

It is customary that between each two Congresses of the International Association for Aesthetics (IAA) the national association of aesthetics organises an international conference and, on the same occasion, a meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Aesthetics (IAA). Between the IAA congress in Krakow (2013) and the one in Seoul (2016), the Faculty of Architecture – University of Belgrade and the Society for Aesthetics of Architecture and Visual Arts Serbia (DAEVUS) hosted
a conference titled Revisions of Modern Aesthetics. The conference featured over 60 participants from around the world - numerous representatives of national aesthetic bodies, university teachers and researchers and post-doctoral and doctoral students. This thematic issue of SAJ comprises a selection of papers presented at the conference.

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REVISIONS OF MODERN AESTHETICS: PART 2

In memoriam of Dr Milan Damnjanović and Dr Heinz Paetzold

It is customary that between each two Congresses of the International Association for Aesthetics (IAA) the national association of aesthetics organises an international conference and, on the same occasion, a meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Aesthetics (IAA). Between the IAA congress in Krakow (2013) and the one in Seoul (2016), the Faculty of Architecture – University of Belgrade and the Society for Aesthetics of Architecture and Visual Arts Serbia (DAEVUS) hosted
a conference titled Revisions of Modern Aesthetics. The conference featured over 60 participants from around the world - numerous representatives of national aesthetic bodies, university teachers and researchers and post-doctoral and doctoral students. This thematic issue of SAJ comprises a selection of papers presented at the conference.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Guest Editor: Marija Maruna

Our understanding of the concept of local government has undergone profound change over the past several decades. The role of the local authority has shifted: rather than controlling development and pursuing a merely hierarchical notion of ‘government’, it is now focused on a horizontal concept of ‘governance’. Greater emphasis is now placed on activities of organisation and decisionmaking, determined by a set of rules, instruments, and processes that promote interaction and coordinate stakeholder action designed to  achieve common outcomes. This requires effective institutions, responsible use of political power, and management of public resources. Good governance  transcends the bounds of public administration to involve other private and civil sector stakeholders into decision-making processes. It is founded upon principles of participation, legitimacy, equity, decency, accountability, transparency, and efficiency. The conceptual shift from government to governance has also brought with it changes to decision- and policy-making for urban development. This thematic issue of SAJ will be devoted to articles that re-examine the role of the local authority in managing urban development and the position of planner in developmental policy-making. Emphasis will be placed on the latest experiences from both home and abroad that constitute positive examples and planning practices at the local level, as well as possible modes of transforming appropriate governance systems.

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2014: Volume 6

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ETIK ÄSTHETIC: 2nd Virtual C0nference of the Society for Aesthetics of Architecture and Visual Arts Serbia

Guest Editor: Modrag Šuvaković

The Serbian Society for Aesthetics of Architecture and Visual Arts presents itself for the second time via a thematic issue of SAJ. Society develops disciplinary discourses of architecture and visual arts, interdisciplinary studies of various architectural and artistic fields, and transdisciplinary  and transcultural mapping of potential areas and contexts for research of the applied aesthetic theory. The applied aesthetics and applied philosophy were synchronously developed by means of potential humanities and social scientific disciplines as an open and problem solving theoretical practice of the research of discourse on architecture and the arts.

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ARCHITECTURE UTOPIA REALISM

Guest Editor: Ljiljana Blagojević

The 'Architecture Utopia Realism' thematic issue of Serbian Architecture Journal presents research articles which examine specific histories and theories of realism in architectural discourses of the twentieth century. The context and thematic framework of the issue are introduced in the short research position paper by the guest editor Ljiljana Blagojević. In the sequel, five full length research papers offer an international perspective on the subject. In his article focused on the practices of socialist realism in architecture and urban planning, Alessandro De Magistris argues for a nuanced re-consideration of historiography research and architectural practices, which aims to expose the intricate complexity of the Soviet experience. The contribution authored by Silvia Malcovati provides a well documented review of realism in architectural discourse in post-WW2 Italy and its reflections in the wider European and American contexts, as well as contemporary resonances in the field of philosophy. The critique of realism as proposed by Manfredo Tafuri, one of the key intellectual figures in the field of architectural history and theory who entered into international debates on the subject in the 1980s, is closely scrutinized and historically contextualized in the article by Luka Skansi. Comparative reading of two literary narratives, one being an architectural treatise and the other a novel, in the article by Tijana Vujošević, aims to construct a critique of the anti-urban utopianism in the American context. Finally, questions of contemporary architectural practice concerning relations of project and context against the theoretical notions of the real and utopian, are addressed from the point of view of a practicing architect in the article by Krunoslav Ivanišin.

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ISSUES? Discussions with Peter Eisenman Conference

Built upon many interpretations of Peter Eisenman’s long and outstanding oeuvre, thematisation of almost 50 years of his theoretical and educational work and almost 25 years of his full-time architectural practice is seen here as vital to the understanding of both the past and the presence of contemporary architecture. From the questions related to Renaissance heritage to the problems associated with disciplinary autonomy and the digital, this thematic issue of SAJ aims to present critical debate which started at international scientific conference held in Belgrade in November 2013 by the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture, and to conclude on some of ISSUES? Concerning the projects of Peter Eisenman, simultaneously raising new ones.

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2013: Volume 5

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ARCHITECTURE OF DECONSTRUCTION

Engaging cultural practices, architecture can be considered a major cultural phenomenon which demands new theoretical inquest and provides a medium for philosophical discussion and sociopolitical analysis. As a discipline, architecture has bridged many boundaries and distances over time, so it is now required to develop an inter-disciplinary environment for philosophical inquiry in architecture. Responding to this premise, this three-day international scientific conference aimed to draw attention to the question of borders between the disciplines of architecture and philosophy. Using the perspective of the relation between architectural theory and practice, which once aspired to be labeled deconstructivist, and the work of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, the conference discussed a possibility of a new kind of an unease which emerged in the contemporary relations between the two disciplines.

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ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION IN THE POST-DIGITAL AGE

Guest Editor: Đorđe Stojanović

This issue of SAJ gathers a group of researchers and educators working in schools and institutes across Europe, connected by the common interest in  exploring the changes in the field of architectural design arising at the intersection of the three prominent lines of research, being: material based studies, computational design and digital fabrication. The emphasis is placed on the affiliation between educational programs and research agendas. The publication has multiple aims and several parallel ways of reading. The first one addresses the growing number of students who will opt to continue their education after graduating from University of Belgrade or other schools alike. The residing aim is to provide an overview of the possibilities for professional development within the Research by Design paradigm. The second way of reading addresses teachers of architecture and points out towards the changing landscape of architectural education across the continent. Suggested notion of change is based on the post-digital state of affairs within the profession and observed via the increasing production of prototypical models or material based studies in architectural schools. At the same time, the change of the trends is considered as a consequence of the potential nearing (gap closing) between theoretical and practical aspects of architectural education or between researching and designing. The last but not the least relevance of this  publication is somewhat internal (self-referential to the certain extent) and addresses the very collective behind this publication. It is summed up with the question: How far we have gone towards establishing any such Research by Design institution at the University of Belgrade? In response, amongst the presented works are the material based studies and computational driven  research carried out within the Master program at the University of Belgrade and under the 4of7, a non-institutional label for the initiative which  encompasses seamlessly related aspects of architectural practice, research and education.

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ABOUT AND AROUND CURATING

This issue of SAJ addresses the multifaceted issue of curatorial processes, discussing the exhibition as a most suitable medium for communication of political, social and cultural changes. It is in this context that former critics become curators involved in multiple activities of mediating, producing, interfacing and criticizing. Whose voice is heard when a curator works through an established genre of exhibition?

'How can the voice of an exhibition  honestly reflect the evolving understandings of current scholarship and the multiple voices within any discipline... Can an exhibition contain more than one voice, or can a voice exhibit more than one message?' Stephen D. Levine, 'Museum Practices' in Exhibiting Cultures. Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington, DC/ London), 1991, p 155.

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2012: Volume 4

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CITY VS INNOVATION

Guest Editor: Aleksandra Stupar

The complex and polyvalent nature of cities has always represented a highly stimulating environment for innovation. Considered as unique nodes of human communication, exchange and practice, cities have directly or indirectly instigated, supported, influenced and transmitted new ideas and processes, shaping the present and directing our future on various levels and scales. Perceived as a process or its result, the notion of innovation could easily be recognized in different areas of urban existence which describe contemporary city as a postmodern, hybrid, intransitive and creative place, with preferred buzz environment and noticeable virtual and cyborg elements1. Additionally, the increasing challenges caused by the global competition, social inequality and climate changes have imposed a new set of demands and development imperatives. Some of them have already been included in the recent flows of architectural and planning practice, but the ultimate aim represents a continuous upgrading of urban potentials through the innovation of environment and the environment of innovation.

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CONTEMPORARY AESTHETICS OF ARCHITECTURE & VISUAL ARTS: Virtual Conference of the Society for Aesthetics of Architecture and Visual Arts of Serbia

Guest Editor: Miško Šuvaković

The Serbian Society for Aesthetics of Architecture and Visual Arts was established with ambition to contribute to interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research of architecture and visual arts in local and international context. This thematic issue stems from the virtual conference exploring current questions of aesthetics of architecture, visual arts and the humanities. The aim is to discuss the issues of contemporary architecture, contemporaneity, philosophy of architecture and art, philosophy of sports and critique art theory. The thematic issue gathers the authors from diverse cultural backgrounds: Serbia (Mako, Dedić, Šuvaković), Slovenia (Erjavec, Kreft), Germany (Steiner) and Armenia/Lebanon (Harutyunyan). The papers explore issues of aesthetics of architecture (Mako), philosophy of architecture (Šuvaković), philosophy of sports and architecture (Kreft), aesthetics and philosophy of contemporary art (Erjavec), critique theorising of space (Steiner), theorising of interdisciplinary art studies and media studies (Dedić) and theory of contemporary art/architecture through the notion of 'Site-Writing' (Harutyunyan). Hence, inter/transcultural and inter/transtheoretical approaches have been offered as the basis for the future work of the Society.

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NEW / OLD POTENTIALS

This thematic issue explores architectural transformations resultant from the global technological, economical and geopolitical repositioning . New / old potentials in architecture witness a renewed interest in ecology, cutting edge technologies, new functions, and challenging constructions at the start of the twenty-first century. This issue comprises research of recent design solutions which, balancing other disciplines, facilitate productivity and offer a wide range of creative possibilities.

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2011: Volume 3

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BOGDAN BOGDANOVIĆ

Guest Editor: Zoran Lazović

Bogdan Bogdanović (1922, Belgrade – 2010, Vienna) was a prolific architect whose diverse professional endeavours marked multiple aspects of architecture and urban planning in Serbia and Yugoslavia of the 20th century. This thematic issue of SAJ explores his prolific oeuvre, featuring latest research about the topic.

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STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

The emergence of the new architectural solutions and structural forms may be taken as an initiation and explosion of inventiveness which has continued up to till present. Structural Systems have been continuously involved in design and construction offering extensive range of design services to complement the technology itself. This thematic issue comprises - and aims to inspire - creative thinking and rational approaches to design challenges which might contribute to finding effective and successful solutions for any construction challenge.

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CRITICAL DISTANCE

Guest Editor: Hans Ibelings

This issue of SAJ revolves around a variety of interpretations of notions linked to the adjective critical and the noun criticism. All contributions explore the problems, pitfalls and possibilities of developing critical  attitudes, critical practices, critical discourses, and critical projects in relation to architecture. There are four focal points: critical theory, critical history, critical criticism and critical architecture.

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2010: Volume 2

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MILAN ZLOKOVIĆ

Guest Editor: Liljana Blagojević

The architect Milan Zloković (1898, Trieste - 1965, Belgrade) played a seminal role in Yugoslav and, more specifically, Serbian Modernism. Zloković’s work informed the very essence of Modernism in Serbia, and his buildings are, to date, considered an eloquent testimony to the ethos of the epoch. Honouring Zloković's vast contributions to Serbian, and - percieved in a broader context - Yugoslav architecture, this thematic issue comprises recent research of his prolific oeuvre.

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THE EUROPEAN MANNER

Urban planning is not an isolated medium, correlated only to city form or objects; still it is very actively involved in social, intellectual and visual culture. The significance and the supremacy of communal and collective (actions) are not detecting simply in formal institutions such as the state or society, but thus far are fully detected in informal and hidden – in the verity of each ones. Therefore, we discover the need to work on its single visibility and expression, but not to put it in inappropriate frame of togetherness. To consume the reality.

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ARCHITECT THE PHILOSOPHER: THEORY AND POLICY OF ARCHITECTURE 

The articles in this issue of our journal once more problematise the relation between architecture and theory of architecture. Could we claim that following the great “closeness” between philosophy and architecture in the eighties and the nineties, and the sudden chilling and distancing of the architects and the philosophers in the recent years, it might be possible to re-examine the relation between the theory and architectural praxis?

In which way the architects presently, during the first decade of the 21st century, formulate their work thematically and how do the philosophers (philosophers or philosophy?!) assist them in it? How do the philosophers as the architects ponder upon and how do they cogitate architecture as philosophers?

It seems, and the articles of the architects and the philosophers presented to us manifest that the best, that the architects have finally discovered their independent speculative expression in respect to philosophers, thereby producing their own philosophy. Thus, in a certain manner, the engagement of the philosophers, namely philosophy, has finally been incorporated in the work and the role of the architect in the community.

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2009: Volume 1

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CONTEXT: BELGRADE

The first issue of SAJ is intended as a catalyst for all the outpours named as ‘Context Belgrade.’ In structuring this issue, we surveyed the contemporary critical landscape by investigating four epistemes that pose serious questions for the validity of social context as we know it; through historical, political, philosophical, cultural, artistic and current architectural discourse. What is to be emphasized here is that these articles are intended to introduce, not to summarize, their subject matter – all of which are framed around questions that the editors found compelling — or, at times, compellingly unanswerable. It is with the understanding of science as a ‘creative’ endeavor that we hope to prompt a future discussion of what it means to structure ontology and formalism ‘scientifically.’

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THE CITY AND URBANITY

Along the line of questions explored in the first issue of SAJ, 'The City and Urbanity,' aims to explore multifaceted applications and future perspectives of urban research in the context of the early twenty-first century.

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CULTURAL PRACTICE

Discussing issues such as the artistic, social, emotional, or historical circumstances of a certain topic, architects most often consider its cultural context. Unlike other artistic disciplines, architecture creates spaces for the everyday activities. However, more than simply utilitarian, architecture also appeals to our cultural sensibilities. Comprehending spatial qualities and shaping them through specifics of its broader cultural practice require special skills. Therefore the composite of numerous surfaces and geometries creates various spatial elements that we assign an identifiable personality - we interpret our own cultural experience collected through our active living practice.

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