Mediterranean Modernism Network: Lecture Series
The second lecture from the Contretemps cycle will be delivered by Mojca Smode Cvitanovic PhD, on the topic “African Oeuvre of Croatian Architects”. The lecture will be held on June 13, 2019, starting at 19:00 in the premises of the Association of Croatian Architects / Zagreb Architects Association, Trg Bana Jelačića 3/1.
A comprehensive overview of the activities of Croatian architects in the countries of the African continent is set in the geopolitical context of the Cold War, decolonization and the Non-Aligned Movement. A detailed insight into the indirect circumstances of the established communication transfer systems and the immediate circumstances of concrete professional architectural work is accomplished by analyzing several isolated examples of individual or group expert engagements. The work of Croatian architects in African countries is examined through the aspects of translation of expert knowledge profiled within the domicile state of the profession, the reversibility of the same process, and the dissemination of modern architecture in global relations, as its integral part.
Mojca Smode Cvitanović is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb. The work of Croatian architects in African and Asian developing countries is the subject of her long-term research work. Within its thematic frameworks, she published several scientific and professional papers, often in collaboration. The same theme is synthetically formulated in her doctoral dissertation entitled “Modalities of the work of Croatian architects in the countries of Africa and South-West Asia from 1950 to 1991”, from 2018.
The lecture cycle is held in cooperation with the Association of Croatian Architects (UHA).
Acknowledgment: Ana Dana Beroš
The Motel Trogir project in 2019 is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the Kultura Nova Foundation.