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bansko2bansko1I like to walk my dog during the weekends in the mountains above Bansko. But our path always leads us through old town Bansko where long time ago (XIX c) lived painter Velyan Ognev who was the famous artists of the Debar Art Scool. Before he came to Bansko he traveled a lot along Italy and Europe and arrived in Bansko upon request to paint murals in the Holy Trinity church. It is believed that before he drew the most beautiful mural in the church, he married Sofia Benina and got a house for living. He painted the entire interior of it, but the most beautiful room, a room for ladies – where his wife received visits of her friends, was painted most exquisitely. And it is considered that the room served as a test for the most beautiful mural in the church.

Bansko houses were built not only for living, but they also served as havens and defense against frequent attacks by thieves. That is the reason why the houses were enclosed by fences and had walls thicker than 1m. However, when Velyan painted his house, many of the inhabitants wanted to decorate their living spaces too, and this house on the photo is one of those houses that was painted based on admiration of the painter’s house.

– Lyubozar Dimitrov

 

 

 

skopje uni 1skopje uni 4The town that I grew up in was one of the biggest projects in urban planning in ‘60s. It was destroyed in the earthquake in 1963 when the entire world decided to help. The UN decisively took the lead of the project. International competition was on. The United Nations set up a special fund and organized a competition for the new Master Plan of Skopje, with Kenzo Tange, one of the most prominent architects of the 20th century, as the winner. Yugoslavian architects Radovan Mischevik and Fedor Wenzler won the second prize, and it was proposed that the two winning firms collaborate in order to work out a final plan. A design-team was made up of the architects and engineers from Japan and Yugoslavia.

The idea for new Skopje was to keep old parts of the town (Carsija and Kale-fortress) visible and to be included in the city centre, to keep the river Vardar as a natural divider between two parts of the city – the one with skyscrapers, containing administration buildings, offices, educational centers etc, and the other – with one to two storey dwellings. Plan was based on the concept of “City Wall”, a very modern approach of free-designed ground floors with only pillars, so that the circulation of the fresh air could be constant and stable, and the “City Gate” – city entrances, where all transportation would be placed – new train station and a getaway for a highway.

The city became an international architectural exhibition, with multiple structures donated by various countries from both sides of the Iron Curtain. Yugoslav and foreign architects designed buildings in futuristic modern brut-art style. This huge project united professionals from the whole country on the long run.

The result was town dominantly designed in Futuristic Architecture. Some find it strange, cold, unfriendly and from”out of space”. But to me it is warm place full of craziest memories. My high school building was designed in this style, and university. Maybe that is why I wanted to study astrophysics and probably that is why I love cyberpunk so much to this day.

–        Dejan Kordoski

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Saki slika 1Traveling is my great passion. Every free day I take from work I like to spend out of my hometown. But when Sunday is lazy and slow, and everybody are drinking coffees in gardens next-door to my backyard, it is such a pleasure to go around my neighborhood, lightheaded, sluggishly walking, exploring pictures that have been carved into my memory since my todler years, until I realize that each time there is something new. New colour, new window, different atmosphere. On those days I rediscover place I like again.

         Sandra Zivkovic

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cres.2s there life in the rocky terrain? If you look a little better, you will realize that life is unstoppable and that it finds its place everywhere. Even in karst. And so the drywall, the traditional art of building without mortar, was created, which gave many shelters and homes.

One of the rules was to build a house or a repository on the ground that normally does not serve anything, on a rock or a stone break, or where stones from cleaning the environment are stacked.

– Dragodid at Cres

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Vuno LejlaImagine...

Terrace with a sea view....roof...all details preserved...some timber floors...and thats it.

Now, continue imagining...

Vuno.

Lejla Hadzic

 

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