COLLAPSE or COMMUNICATION

Construction in Belgrade is an area of numerous conflicts between social actors. Conflicting interests are a normal consequence of democratization, whose level of development is measured by how fine the mechanism which enables a group of people to express and defend their interests is. In order for that to be possible, it is necessary to make the understanding of the process of urban development available to all interested parties.

The process of urban development includes a whole array of decisions made on different levels and sectors of governance. If they are made at the same time through mutually unsynchronized processes, they eventually lead to a problem in spatial development. This is why the process of urban development must be regarded in an integral way.

This integral view is illustrated through five characteristic examples of construction in Belgrade. The chronological view of information of direct importance provides insight into the mutual correlation between decisions, participant structure and their position in relation to the decisions, and, consequentially, understanding the changes toward spatial development..

Read more about the first in a series of discussions about the state and the problems of the planning system in Serbia, the resume of the discussion “Collapse or Communication” and the conclusions of the first phase of the case study research.

Park prijateljstva Ušće

2009 — 2019

Makiško polje

1892 — 2019

Izvor fotografije: www.exing.co.rs/

Voždove kapije

2001 — 2019

Spalionica otpada u Vinči

2010 — 2019

Naselje Stepa Stepanović

2010 — 2019


How should we understand the existing conflicts and where can we expect the resolution to come from? How should we act in the future in order to avoid conflicts? What is the role of urban planners and urbanists in that regard?

Planning as a collaborative activity serves the governance of urban development in a wider concept which acknowledges the legitimacy of interests of all social actors – interested parties from all three sectors: public (state services, public enterprises), private (investor) and civil (citizens and citizens’ associations, civil society organizations, civil initiatives).  In addition to that, collaborative governance of urban development nurtures public discussions as a means of achieving a balance between different interests towards using various spatial resources.

A collaborative practice of planning is based on creating an arena for an cogent debate. In order for that to be possible, it is necessary to make the understanding of the process of urban development available to all interested parties.


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