Notes from Belgrade #3

June 25th, 2009

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7. World’s first radio controlled boat. By Nikola Tesla, c.1900.

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8. Wallpaper outside. Leaf wallpaper on windows to modern apartments, Belgrade.

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9. Belgrade School of Architecture, staircase, you can imagine what the studios were like.

Notes from Belgrade #2

May 31st, 2009

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4. Block 23 from Block 22: Picturesque brutalism, a city in the sky. Twenty floors up ivy grows and pigeon loft has been built. (Novi Beograd: Architects: Jankovic, Karadzic, Stjepanovic, 1975).

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5. Weightlifter: Meaty Doric column on Belgrade Post Office.

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6. Key Target: One of many elegant metal doors from Twentieth century Belgrade.

Notes from Belgrade #1

May 18th, 2009

Some sights from a recent trip to Belgrade (Beograd):

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1. Bill Clinton and Urban Design: Nikola Dobrovic, Architect, 1963, Ministry of Defence, Belgrade, in two parts, whose stepped forms matched each other across a major street, forming an image of a particular steep valley where Yugoslav partisans scored an important victory in WWII. Bombed, both halves, very accurately 1999. Many in Belgrade want the ruins preserved. A fine building, oddly moving in its present state.

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2. Ashes of Nikola Tesla: In a sphere on a column, like Emperor Augustus. Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade.

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3. New Orthodox: From the Milosevic era, a new concrete Orthodox church, which can be seen from all over Belgrade, in progress. Outside a blue pinnacle and marble dressings are ready to be put in place.

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Leaning Tower of Plečnik

May 11th, 2009

St Antun* Catholic Church, Belgrade. 1936-63. Architect: Jože Plečnik

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A circular church with a circular tower that is now leaning slightly as can be seen in the gap between it and the neighbouring block.

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Monolithic columns in the porch have capitals unlike any I have ever seen, what are they? Due to the crowded site this building is very hard to photograph.

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Architect’s drawings as reproduced in Ferlenga & Polano (authors) Jože Plečnik, Progetti e città. Electa, Milano 1990*St Anthony of Padua