Public discussion and presentations “Collapse or Communication: Urbanism of Conflicting Interests”

Collaborative planning practice is based on creating an arena for an argumented debate. 

The goal of public debate “Collapse or Communication” held on December 10th at CZKd was to set ground for cogent debate on urban development, in order to contribute to improving urban planning practice. As a first step, we have invited representative of all three sectors (public, private, civil) and asked them to elaborate on their perspectives of urban development and give recommendations.

The starting point for the debate are changed conditions for spatial development that emerged after the democratic changes in 2000, with the transition to a market economic system and the adoption of the principles of democratic dialogue. From the perspective of the planning system, this has led to two key changes: a) the establishment of private ownership of land and b) pluralism of interests over the processes of spatial distribution of resources. However, although these changes significantly changed the logic of spatial development, the planning system, viewed as part of the entire regulatory system, did not fully follow it, which consequently caused many problems in planning practice that we are witnessing today and ultimately distrust of the planning institution.

Several aspects of this context are of particular interest to us:

  • What is the role of institutions in choosing development goals? How and with whom do they prioritize?
  • How should conflicting ideas about priorities be established? How to overcome conflicting interests?
  • How to determine what is public interest?

The discussion on these aspects, as a first one in a series of discussions, aims to establish a public arena for joint reflection on the process of spatial development and the promotion of collaborative decision making. As an initial step, the invited participants are expected, from their point of view, to answer the following two groups of questions:

  • How do you explain the conflicts that occur in Belgrade’s spatial development? What are the reasons that cause them? Are these unclear procedures, insufficient information, insufficient knowledge of the complexity of spatial development, etc.?
  • What do you see as possible ways to overcome these problems?

The initial discussion is expected to illuminate different positions and views of the same thing by the invited participants.

The talk was preceded by a presentation of the project and research produced by the alumni of the Master course Integral Urbanism and a presentation by urban planner Ana Graovac on urban planning in Belgrade.
More about the event and videos:

“Collapse or Communication:
Urbanism of Conflicting Interests”

December 10th, CZKd

6pm Introduction: presenting the case studies and conflict mapping

6:30pm Urban planning in Belgrade: trends, tasks, roles
from the perspective of urbanist Ana Graovac

7pm Public discussion about the way we manage spatial development of Belgrade:
– Nebojša Nešovanović, CBRE, consultant office for real estate and investments
– Vladimir Popović, West Properties, company for traffic and services in the real estate sector
– Dušan Čavić, initiative Ne dam Kej (Not Giving up the Quay)
– Zoran Bukvić, initiative Ulice za bicikliste (Streets for Cyclists)
– Ana Graovac, Urban Planning Institute Belgrade
– Dr. Jasmina Đokić, Urban Planning Institute Belgrade
– Dr. Siniša Trkulja, Ministry of  construction, traffic and infrastructure
– Branislav Popović, Belgrade City Assembly Planning Commission, Belgrade Land Development Public Agency

Moderated by: Associate Professor Dr. Marija Maruna and Docent Dr. Danijela Milovanović Rodić

I: Kolaps ili komunikacija: urbanizam suprotstavljenih interesa – predstavljanje i studije slučaja
II: Urbanističko planiranje u Beogradu: trendovi, zadaci, uloge, iz vizure urbanistkinje Ane Graovac
III: Javni razgovor: Kolaps ili komunikacija: urbanizam suprotstavljenih interesa