With an essay by Yehuda Safran, fully illustrated, hardcover
Out of print!
Almost Architecture is an amalgamation of architectural projects and political texts focusing on the impossibility to forge the future of space in post-communist country through classical architectural means and education. The book, in a form of essays about "contributions to globalisation" and speculative projects for "better future" of a community explores the vacuum of practice that is posed to the current generation of architects in Serbia today.
... “Balkanization” – as this phenomenon has come to be known – is thus a spatial-political concept, endowing fundamental social notions of conflict and enmity with spatial processes of territorial fragmentation, and the shattering of social space into a multiplicity of enclaves that are internally-homogenous and externally-hostile to each other. The process of national fragmentation has unleashed as well a new class of close-to-power, shady real-estate entrepreneurs, and their emergent populist architectural style – a bastard child of glitzy-corporate and folk-nationalist architecture that Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss identifies in the following book as “Turbo Architecture”."
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, born in 1967 in Subotica, Vojvodina/Serbia, studied architecture at the University of Belgrade and at Harvard University. His work in architecture and design is known under the name of "Normal Architecture Office" and urban research through the name of "School of Missing Studies". Current projects include architectural design for the "Stadium Culture", center for recreation and new media in Novi Sad and research on the positive aspects of "Balkanisation". Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss is PhD candidate at the Golsmiths College Center for Architectural Research and a lecturer at Penn Architecture, University of Pennsylvania. He was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude 2003/2005.