Waterfront Belgrade Project – Last man Land

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Last Man Land / @Mauro Prandelli
Last Man Land Mauro Prandelli The project Belgrade Waterfront (BW) is the result of an investment of the value of 3,5 billions of US Dollars made by the United Arab Emirates together with the Serbian government. This urbanistic project is completely changing the city of Belgrade and is highly criticized by the citizens due to the use of public resources and to the way it is developing.
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Pedestrian area on the east shore of the river Sava built as first part of the urbanistic project
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One of the advertisement billboards on the pedestrian street of the river Sava says “Uskoro! Pogled vredan divljenja”, which in Serbian language means “Shortly! An extraordinary view”.
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Few steps away from the renowned pedestrian walk there are the remains of the last houses of Savamala demolished in April 2016.
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A car moves away from the ruins after getting wood and metal to sell to the recycling societies.
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Ivan Timotijevic, a retired 67 years old mechanic, is the last inhabitant of Savamala. He refused to accept the accommodation offered by the government as it was not in conformity with his requirements.
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Ivan in a picture showing him when he used to work as a specialized mechanic in Germany in the 60’s.
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Workers in the construction site which is building the BW Residences planned to be finished in 2019.
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Next to the construction site there is the bicycle path where each day hundreds of people make jogging or cycling.
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Pedestrian area near the parking located behind the headquarters of the “Belgrade Waterfront”. The ads of the project are on the fences.
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The district of Savamala was a popular district made of many illegal settlements. This is one of the reason used to justify the project.
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Protective barriers of the construction site. All the building works are hidden by the fences.
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The heavy vehicles working in the construction site continually raise the dust which moves to the bicycle path.
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Ivan’s portrait. The municipality does not acknowledge his accommodation and considers it illegal, although Ivan tried to make it legal 20 years before.
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The palace with the showroom of the project “Belgrade Waterfront” was the headquarters of the Cooperative of Belgrade. Built in 1882 and reconstructed in 2014 it was born as an authority for the mutual aid and saving thanks to some dealers who wanted to increase the investments in the Serbian economy. Now it is the headquarters of the project based on the investments from the United Arab Emirates.
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The people on the bicycle path of Savamala are affected by the inconveniences caused by the building works, as along the path there are constantly dust and noise.
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The Belgrade municipality has commissioned graffiti on one of the pillar carrier of the bridge to bring the young people closer to the project.
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View of the construction site of the BW Residences from Zemunski bridge. In the closeup you can see the new pedestrian walkaway which is not being used now due to the building works.
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Model of the BW Residences, a residential project made of 20 floors; the flats will be of minimum 60 square meters for a value of about 2500€ per square meter.
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A demo flat inside the showroom of the project which shows the finishings of the flats of the BW Residences.
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One of the workers leaving the construction site of the BW Residences. To respect the delivery times the building works are made also during the night. Some sources inform that the subcontracts of the building societies are not very transparent.
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Luka Knežević­Strika, a 32 years old visual artist, is one of the leader of the movement called "Ne Davimo Beograd”, which organized the mobilization against the project Waterfront Belgrade. The demonstrations in May 2016 brought to the city square thousands of people, especially after the removal of some local nightclubs in Savamala made from 24 balaclavas.
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Ruins of the houses of Savamala destroyed in April 2016.
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Mikser Beograd is a multicultural and multidisciplinar platform created to revitalize the district of Savamala. Here concerts, festivals and debates are currently hold. The centre was realized by reconstructing an old hangar located few meters from the Belgrade Waterfront starting from a concept of popular and active development of the city planning of Belgrade.
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Maja Lalic is the 44 years old architect and co­founder of the centre Mikser. Maja took part to the project Miksaliste which helped the migrants near the Belgrade station. She tells that they only had 48 hours to save all the material they had in the refugee shelter before the structure was demolished.
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The dining area of the Mikser Beograd is also a meeting point for the lively creative community of Belgrade.
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View of the means used for the building construction of the BW Residences through the breach created by the demolishing means in the wall of a club of Savamala.
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The zone concerned by the project includes the stocking area of the containers of the central railway of Belgrade; the project foresees to move the station of Belgrade out of the centre, which should have been made still 20 years ago but was never realized.
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On 31st May 2016 was inaugurated the project “Refugee aid miksaliste”, created in less than one month due to the removal in April. Even if the Balkan route is formally closed, due to the traffickers’ help hundreds of migrants arrive each day at the station of Belgrade to go then to Hungary or Croatia. International associations, such as Save the Children, Oxfam, Doctors without Borders and the Norwegian Refugees Council take part to the project as well.
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At the centre Miskaliste, few steps away from the park where the refugees stay, volunteers distribute basic necessities, dresses and medical cares. There is an area for children and an emergency room.
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Ivan in the garden of his house, the last house in Savamala to have not been yet demolished. It is separated by the ruins of the other houses only by an enclosure of reeds.
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Ivan and his wife still live in Savamala; they wait for the legal recourse in September and for a suitable accomodation.
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Ivan’s house; on the background the lights of the night building works.
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A fisherman on the Sava river under the Most Gazela bridge, which sets forth the south limit of the first phase of the city plan. For a long time this project will be the subject of discussion between those who would like a development based on the citizens’ needs and those who have already decided to speculate on that area creating a Belgrade which is different and disconnected from

Interview

On pension, last man that live in Savamala riverside. Interview in Serb language with english subtitle
Ivan Kucina, Architect and professor at Dessau Institute of Architecture (lang eng)
Maja Lalic Architect and founder of Misker paltform. (Eng)
Luka Knezevic-Strika Visaul artist and activist of Ne Davimo Beograd (eng)
Footage video Sava Riverside
Footage video Waterfront Building