Iz knjige Usode ljubljanskih stavb in ljudi 49 – 72, avtorja dr. Bogota Zupančiča (fotografija iz arhiva arhitekta Miloša Lapajneta)


Western Temptations in Cold War Times


International influences in Yugoslav architecture (1945-90)
Within the postwar European geopolitical partition, Socialist Yugoslavia enjoyed an exceptional and therefore peculiar condition:  far from being permeable to international influences as mature western democracies, but even more far from living the autarchic circumstances of other eastern Socialist countries. In addition to this unique position in the international scenario, Yugoslavia developed a manifold and complex cultural and intellectual scene. Gravitating around the principle cultural centers of the federation (Ljubljana, Zagreb, Beograd, Sarajevo, Skoplje…), the Yugoslavian architectural scene was characterized by between them different contexts, that developed alternative and heterogeneous interests, thematics, languages, professional and cultural paths. These paths were marked, on one side, by the strong imprint given by the local cultural traditions, architectural schools and professional practice. On the other side, these diversities were determined by the different (not only architectural) international “models”, chosen as examples for the postwar reconstruction and subsequent modernization of the country. Models that followed, more or less, cultural or political affinities of specific contexts, of specific intellectuals. The conference will present, by exploring explicit case studies, the different forms of international influences that manifested themselves in ex-Yugoslavian architecture, periodicals, books, architectural theories. Influences that were imported by single figures or larger cultural environments, that acted like mediators and importers of international knowledge in the field of building culture.

Tamara Bjažić Klarin, Institute of Art History, Zagreb
Martina Malešič, Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana
Luka Skansi, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Rijeka
Vladimir Kulić, Florida Atlantic University
Dubravka Sekulić, ETH Zurich
Jelica Jovanović, Technische Universität Wien, Vienna
Karin Šerman, Faculty of Architecture, Zagreb
Renata Margaretić Urlić, Zagreb
Aleksa Korolija, Politecnico di Milano
prof. Aleš Vodopivec, Faculty of Architecture UL

Lecture summary.

10.30 Opening of the convenors
10.45 Welcome address by Matevž Čelik, director of MAO

Session I
11.00 Tamara Bjažić Klarin, With Le Corbusier in Person – Hosting the Exhibition „Le Corbusier“ in Yugoslavia in 1952 and 1953
11.30 Martina Malešič, Scandinavian Models for Slovenian homes. Scandinavian influences in Slovenian housing culture after WWII
12.00 Luka Skansi, Streets and Megastructures. The multiple origins of Braco Mušič’s urban design theories

13.00-14.00 lunch Break

Session II
14.00 Vladimir Kulić, Ford’s Architects
14.30 Jelica Jovanović, “Yugoslavs Built This” - an Odd Case of Yugoslav Construction in Czechoslovakia

coffee break

Session III
15.30 Karin Šerman, Renata Margaretić Urlić, Jacob Bakema and Croatian architectural scene: Team 10 ideas influencing the local modernist tradition
16.00 Aleksa Korolija, Bogdanović’s picturesque architecture


Keynote address
17.00 prof. Aleš Vodopivec, Ravnikar’s intellectual horizon apart from foreign role models


Pot na Fužine 2

Entry fee

free admission


Luka Skansi, University of Rijeka


+386 (0)1 548 42 74


The conference will be held in English.

We reserve the right to change the programme!