- Belgrade Planning in a New Circle of Transition    click here to open paper content796 kb
by    Gligorijevic, Zaklina | zaklina.gligorijevic@urbel.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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Frequent political, economic and social changes have spurred changes in the Serbian planning practice, in the regional, national and local context. The paper is challenging global and local issues, preparing solutions for forthcoming demands.
Frequent political, economic and social changes have spurred changes in Serbian planning practice in its late history. Serbia has changed its planning contexts from socialism to false capitalism, from planned to market driven development, modernism to postmodernism, self-management to brutal privatization, politic and economic sanctions to SEE transition. In each previous transformation the city planning followed the changes in the national and the local context, from capital city of the state of 20 to 8 Mill population, multi-national to nationally homogenous, economically stabile to poor. Various circumstances made planners resilient to context and nowadays even to the changes of the Global community. This time, interestingly enough, Serbia shares challenges and goes along with both developed and underdeveloped states and cities.
Recent European market started to change in 2008, making cities lacking investors. There were also two causes that changed planning Belgrade environment, focusing the City to internal needs. First, the change of the city Statute, in the year 2008, made the central city administration responsible for planning for the whole City of Belgrade and its 17 municipalities. This administrative change needed time for the administration to adapt to the new rules. The second fact was the change of the national planning and building law, in 2009, forcing all Serbian local governments reviewing their regional and urban regulatory plans in just two years.
The context of the city in the wider geographic environment became also important with the Serbian EU candidate status. The role of Belgrade should be explored within various options: the Danube Metropolitan Cities Network, Western Balkan Region, or maintaining the “city on the limes” status.
This paper case study is Belgrade, challenging both global and local issues, and preparing solutions for the forthcoming, post-crisis demands.
changes, planning practice, global and local, post-crisis demands
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