Design Studio – Београд (Belgrade) 2041
Belgrade, Berlin | April-July 2022
Engaging in teaching was not part of the CMMM project’s plan. However, an opportunity arose to invite Iva Čukić and Jovana Timotijević to co-teach a master-level design studio within the “Urban Design” program at TU Berlin during the summer semester of 2022. The studio was titled “Београд (Belgrade) 2041 – Futures of Post-Socialist Cities” and included twenty students. It included an excursion, which took place from 16 to 20 May and involved additional students and faculty members from TU Darmstadt and Michigan State University. Students were tasked with designing future scenarios for the site of the Belgrade Waterfront mega development until 2041, factoring in the roles and interests of different stakeholders in the form of a cost-benefit analysis and taking into account the social, economic, political, environmental, and cultural contexts and civic struggles. The resulting proposals ranged from utopic to dystopic visions, and the formats of communication varied (e.g., one group produced a short film). The feedback from the students about the learning experience and that of the Ministry of Space collective members about the usability of some of the produced materials for their work were very gratifying. In 2023, K LAB’s design studio focused on housing in Barcelona, and in 2024 its focus will shift to Berlin.