Glotzt Nicht so Romantisch!
Author: Dubravka Sekulic
Publisher: Jan van Eyck Academie
Size: 10.80 x 17.50 cm
In the extra-territory of the Belgrade roof extensions, things are not quite what they appear to be at first glance. This book, which starts from the enigmatic extensions of the so-called Russian Pavilions, scrutinizes this extra-territory. Not only are the pavilions not Russian, but more importantly the act of extending them in the 2000s follows particular shady negotiations between inhabitants, developers and municipal authorities, which placed the extensions beyond simple (il)legality.
“Glotzt Nicht so Romantisch!” delves into the political and legal origins of this extra-territory, through which the housing policy of socialist Yugoslavia is traced, during the 1990s with property turning from “ours” into “mine”, and the 2000s when the attitude of transgressing urban regulations became the norm, which explains much of the vast extra-legal urban interventions that shape the city today.
Edited by Dubravka Sekulic, designed by Žiga Testen with photographs by Luka Knežević – Strika, Marko Marović and Andreja Mirić and illustrations by Walter Warton (Karl Nawrot).