Belgrade. Formal/Informal

A Research on Urban Transformation

Edited by ETH Studio Basel, Contemporary City Institute

Belgrade. Formal/Informal

Edited by ETH Studio Basel, Contemporary City Institute

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

Essays by Roger Diener, Marcel Meili, Christian Mueller Inderbitzin and Milica Topalovic
276 pages | 60 color plates, 123 halftones | 7 1/2 x 11 | © 2012
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9783858812544 Published April 2012 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

ETH Studio Basel, an institute of urban research, undertakes projects that explore the evolution of the contemporary city, looking specifically at how cities transform over time and interact with material space. Belgrade. Formal / Informal presents the fascinating findings of ETH Studio Basel’s research in the former Yugoslavian and now Serbian capital, investigating in particular the city’s development following the international embargo against the Milosevic regime after the Yugoslavian wars of separation in the 1990s until the present day.

This richly illustrated book explores in depth how Belgrade has changed throughout years of upheaval and economic shortage. It shows the result of the interplay between guided and accidental urban planning and construction and the varied architecture that has emerged from this. In essays by architects and urban planners, Belgrade is presented as an example of how contemporary cities develop in an increasingly global community. Of interest to architects and planners, Belgrade. Formal / Informal provides a model of how cities spatially adapt to the constantly expanding needs of their inhabitants.

Combined German/English Edition

The Stability of the Informal
      Marcel Meili
New Belgrade: The Instability of the Collective Form
      Roger Diener
Stability of the Informal
Brick & Gold: The Urbanism and Architecture of Informal Belgrade
      Milica Topalović
Instability of the Formal
New Belgrade: The Modern City’s Unstable Paradigms
      Milica Topalović 
Urban Counterworlds
In Between
      Christian Mueller Inderbitzin
Epilogue: Master Plan of Reality

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