MOTEL TROGIR: PUBLIC DISCUSSION

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SAVE MOTEL TROGIR –  THE EXQUISITE EXAMPLE OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE!
CALL FOR A PUBLIC DISCUSSION IN THE CITY OF TROGIR!
(followed by the film by Tamara Bjažić Klarin & Ana Marija Ganza Habjan)
 
Trogir, City Hall / Gradska vijecnica
Wednesday/ srijeda 20.11. 2013@18.00h

*Motel Guided Tour@16.00h
*Obilazak Motela Trogir u 16.00h! // sastanak je pred Motelom/
 
The architect Ivan Vitić´s project in Trogir (and in Rijeka) deserves the permanent status of the protected monument of culture.

In post soviet and post socialist countries, modernist built spaces with their intrinsic land use patterns, functionality, spatial organization, modes of material assemblage and aesthetic qualities – with their entirety, are the artifacts of planning culture with a social ideal as its generative core. They are the artifacts of political economy with different foundations and aspirations than today’s. These spaces are materialized efforts. No matter how plain, immature or inaccurate these ideals and efforts could seem to the critical observer retrospectively. Due to these properties, such spaces turn out to be inadmissible in the current logic of production of space. In their entirety, they are abnormal errors in the urban imaginations of new administrators, real estate developers and entrepreneurs. That is why, consciously or unconsciously, they are the objects of attack in every possible way.Naomi Klein, in her book “The Shock Doctrine” described the importance of retaining the collective memory for effective resistance to the free market shock therapy and its consequences. Modernist built spaces are framing structures of substantial part of our collective memory, while their destruction means vanishing of these structures and disappearance of spatial knowledge with different epistemological background. Therefore, the question of their adequate evaluation and protection is primarily a political affair.
Levan Asabashvili
architect
Urban reactor
Tbilisi, Georgia
The case of Motel Trogir
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Motel Trogir was built in 1965 and designed by one of the leading architects of the Socialist Yugoslavia – Ivan Vitić. It is situated at the western entrance to the city of Trogir in Southern Croatia, on the Adriatic coast (twentyfive kilometers from the city of Split). Today it marks one of the neuralgic points of the town since for many years it has been standing devastated due to unresolved ownership issues (due to the criminal privatization of what once was ´social(ized) property´, in the beginning of the 1990s).Built at a time when the character of Trogir tourism was mostly transitory , the motel was conceived in parallel with the construction of the Adriatic Highway (the motel opened its door one day after the highway was completed). At the time it was seen as one of the ” performative ” elements that would fit into the utopian vision of this road imagined as a feature film that would be “shown to the passengers on the screen of their car glass .” Motel is, in general , an exception to the typology of the Adriatic tourism, and it is argued that the idea of such buildings in the Yugoslav socialist society came through American movies.The Motel in Trogir is one in the series of Vitić´s Adriatic motels, two being planned for Trieste and Umag, and two more being built in Rijeka and Biograd, each similar but different. It  consists of several characteristic buildings arranged within a clear and spacious orthogonal system: the main building connected by a promenade with two annexes, while on the southern part of the plot, close to the coastline, there are six typical bungalows stretched. It is the size of the plot, and to a lesser extent the architecture of the relatively small motel, what has caused an increased interest in the ownership of it, and  by examining of the condition of the property today, one can speculate about “strategies of decay” employed in order to set the plot “free” or open it to new constructions.In the beginning of 2013, a group of citizens gathered around Slobodne veze/Loose Associations platform started the campaign for the formal protection of the Motel as part of the architectural heritage. Wide international support and a significant media echo, along with numerous activities in the course of the campaign, led to the inscription of the Motel in the Registry of Protected Cultural Goods by the Ministry of Culture of Croatia, at the end of 2013. The same process was initiated for the motel in Rijeka too ans is expected to result in it’s formal protection too.

However, this is just a first step towards the real protection of this building and a contribution to the larger discussion about the heritage of the Socialist Modernism in the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

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HR
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MOTEL TROGIR izgrađen je 1965. godine po projektu arhitekta Ivana Vitića. I dok se stručnjaci slažu da se radi o “vrhunskom primjeru visokomodernističke arhitekture u Hrvatskoj koji zaslužuje prikladnu obnovu”, motel već godinama stoji devastiran.
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Kampanjom za zaštitu Motela Trogir namjera nam je informirati i upozoriti javnost o neupitnoj arhitektonskoj i kulturnoj vrijednosti Vitićevog Motela te njegovog lokalnog značaja kao jednog od rijetkih primjera moderne arhitekture u Trogiru.
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Ujedno, cilj projekta je i upisati Motel Trogir u registar kulturnih dobara RH te time osigurati da sadašnji ili budući vlasnici Motel i pripadajuće područje tretiraju kao jedinstvenu i spomeničku cjelinu čija obnova treba poštovati načela konzervatorske struke tj. originalno arhitektonsko rješenje.
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Svaka buduća obnova trebala bi ići u smjeru njegove prenamjene u širokom rasponu programa naglašeno javne orijentacije, kojom bi se adekvatno valorizirala iznimna arhitektonsko-urbanistička vrijednost sklopa – činjenica je da se radi o projektu jednoga od najistaknutijih hrvatskih arhitekata 20. stoljeća.
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Javna rasprava i projekcija filma o arhitektu Ivanu Vitiću uz predavanje na temu Vitićevih jadranskih motela Lidije Butković Mićin, održat će se u Trogiru, u Gradskoj vijećnici/Kneževom dvoru – 1.kat, u srijedu, 20. studenoga 2013. s početkom u 18 sati.
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U sklopu projekta u tijeku je inicijativa prikupljanja podrške za pokretanje postupka za trajnu formalnu zaštitu Vitićevih motela u Trogiru i Rijeci kao spomeničke baštine RH.
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Kampanju za zaštitu Motela Trogir započela je skupina građana u sklopu programa udruge za suvremene umjetničke prakse – Slobodne veze.
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Više informacija na: http://moteltrogir.tumblr.com/
Motel Trogir_ detail_ Duska Boban
Fotografija: Duška Boban
Podrška/Support: Ministarstvo kulture RH/ Croatian Ministry of Culture, Grad Trogir/ City of Trogir
motel-trogir mala bungalovi DB
duska boban- motel trogir 3
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Duska Boban_ Motel Trogir 2
Duska Boban_ MT
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Temat u casopisu ZAREZ naziva
MOTEL TROGIR: Proizvodnja javnosti
dostupan je na ovom linku (s malom greskom u naslovu):
http://www.zarez.hr/clanci/motel-trogir-proizvod-javnosti
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TRIKULTURA, emisija o Motelu TROGIR i modernoj turistickoj arhitekturi na obali!
TRIKULTURA, TV programme featuring MOTEL TROGIR, speaks about the need to protect modern tourist architecture on the Adriatic coast: http://www.hrt.hr/index.php?id=enz&tx_ttnews%5Bcat%5D=770&cHash=e77432e282
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