Day 1 / September 20th
Below is the program of “Minutes to disaster city 19” seminar – day 1:
16:00 – 17:00 Introductory Lecture: What is ‘degrowth’?
As the name of the initiative implies, our actions are based on the ‘degrowth’ social movement. We will introduce the theories and principles of the ‘degrowth’ and place them in the context of the city of Split as a place that is developing on the brink of collapse and we will get familiar with the work of the DegrowthCity initiative so far.
”The movement and theory of the ‘degrowth’ is an attempt to reinterpret the fundamentally unsustainable position of contemporary society and to call for the construction of an imaginary and conceptual framework suitable for a radical turn towards sustainability. Degrowth is about sustainability in the physical and social sense; not just sustainability that provides enough energy and food for all people on the planet, but sustainability that describes a life worth living for all.” (Institute for Political Ecology)
17:00 – 18:30 Panel discussion “The edge: Is there city of Split after tourism?”
Panel “The edge: Is there city of Split after tourism?” will bring together well-known guests to jointly discuss what awaits Split in the upcoming years, what perspectives are there with or without urbanism and with or without collective action for preserving the environment and society.
Jakša Miličić was the mayor of city of Split from 1967. to 1974. During his mandate, the city has experienced a great demographic expansion – several capital projects significant for the development of the city and its surroundings have been realized.
Ivo Babić is an art historian, writer of exceptional engagement, public and cultural figure. He is a former rector of the University of Split and the initiator of numerous initiatives, always aware of the power and role of public word and responsibility for it.
With these two extraordinary individuals, we will discuss contemporary social developments and the long-term consequences that unplanned and devastating tourism will have on the city. Given the experience of another summer season and the chaos it had brought in traffic, social and economic form, we are wondering if there is at all an option in which Split will survive all that has been happening to it for the past few years.
18:30 – 21:00 Good practice examples
The Savica case: two campaigns, one initiative
Suzana Dobrić Žaja (Association of Architects Zagreb, Savica ZA Park Initiative) will introduce us to the legal, procedural and activist sides of a successful defence of Zagreb’s Savica Park from the construction of the church in 2016. and plastic park in 2017. By organizing group readings of the general urbanistic plan, signing of objections to it, organizing protests, stopping the excavators, + guarding the park for 40 days, …, mobilized residents of the neighbourhood, citizens and professionals managed to defend this green space.
Participatory management of public goods and services: I love Pula and the Community Center “Rojc”
Water, air, land, forests, sea, transport infrastructure, streets, squares, mineral resources, cultural heritage,… these are all public goods managed bureaucratically and not participative in Croatia. The results are discriminatory access to the public good and having the interests of profit ahead of the interests of the public. Dušica Radojčić (Green Istria, Community Center Rojc) will introduce us to the notion of participatory management of public goods based on the example of fights for Community Center Rojc and fights against the implementation of Saccorgian, Hidrobaz and Muzil touristic projects, that plan concession of Pula beaches from 50 to 99 years.
ŠkoGrad is a participatory project of an “open classroom”, as well as a series of events, interactive and transdisciplinary discussions (urbanism, architecture, education, pedagogy, art), throughout which new understandings of the relationship between the school and the local community are created. The focus of all activities is Belgrade’s suburban village of Ledine, whose residents face numerous unresolved issues daily. Predrag Milić (ŠkoGrad) will tell us what happens when children become agents of social change.
Association of Architects Split – Defense of the city of Split
Dragan Žuvela (Association of Architects Split) will present an overview of Association of Architects Split activities towards defending the city – advocating and conditioning the implementation of public architectural competitions, insisting on professional standards in these situations, organizing expert discussions and involvement of the professionals and citizens into decision-making processes. Some of the “cases” that will be presented: Žnjan, Gaja Bulata Square, Church in Split 3, Kopilica, Marjan, …
Ecosistema Urbano – Public Participation and Civic Engagement in Public Space Design and Urban Transformation Processes
Antonella Milano comes on behalf of the architectural practice of the Ecosistema Urbano to present projects in the field of architecture, urban design and urban planning that stand out for their participatory and inclusive methodology. The collective operates between architecture and sociology with offices in Miami and Madrid; since 2000, they have won more than 70 international awards and competitions. Key processes and methods in the work will be demonstrated on recent projects such as Dreamhamar, Cuenca Red, Master Plan of Asunción, …
La Casa Invisible – 12 Years of Management, Freedom and Culture
La Casa Invisible is a cultural and community centre in Malaga, created in 2005 when residents of the neighbourhood, activists and artists inhabited an abandoned city-owned building. Since then, La Casa Invisible has evolved into a space that, through various cultural and social programs, enables the growth and development of a creative, critical and engaged community, ensures social justice and free access to culture, art and knowledge, and through a governance model advocates democratic radicalization based on the fairness and direct involvement of the local community into the design, development and management of public policies. An example of the management of La Casa Invisible will be presented by Enrique Espana.
Co.Bustas – collective housing
Collective housing is a habitation of several households in separate units within the same building. Each apartment represents an independent functional unit and unlike the individual units, the collective units are designed to create a combination of features that will give all future tenants maximum comfort and quality of living. Collective housing is a way of dealing with the housing crisis that has plagued Europe. Algimantas Varpučanskis from Co.Bustas will introduce us to collective housing projects in Lithuania.
21:00 Opening of exhibition “Radical cartographies”
Radical tactical cartographies use mapping as a tool to organize and generate new connections that transform the material and immaterial condition of the territories represented. They constitute proposals for action in the recognition that “the map is not the territory” (Korzybski, 1931) but it certainly produces territories. The cartographies presented in this exhibition have been produced by different social movements and organizations in the recognition that even traditional maps do not just produce abstract representations of spatial reality but also reproduce interests and power positions.
21:30 Citizen Cinema: “Redikul”
Citizen Cinema is initiative that is converting touristic spaces into one-night cinemas with screenings of socially engaged, activist movies.
“Redikul” is a short student film by Djiki Djanka, produced by Akademija scenskih umjetnosti Sarajevo in 2013.