Word of the Editor
From the 15th to the 29th of April, 145 works entered for the yearly CAA competition were shown in the CASA Plaster Casts Museum.
Lujo Schwerer was awarded with the Viktor Kovačić Prize for life achievement. We congratulate him and share Jasna Nosso’s hope that the prize will help in removing advertisements that almost completely cover the former Slovenijales building in Savska Street.
We also congratulate the winners of the Viktor Kovačić Award Lea Pelivan + Toma Plejić / STUDIO UP for the High school and sports hall structure in Koprivnica, presented in the last issue of Man and Space. Other nominees were Davor Bušnja and Hrvoje Njirić for the Sunce / Medo Brundo kindergarten in Retkovec, Andrej Uchytil and Renata Waldgoni for the church and parish house in Utrine (New Zagreb), 3 LHD for the Split waterfront, Vedran Duplančić for the replacement building of the Sesvetska Sopnica primary school, and Gordana Banić and Emil Šverko for the Church of Croatian Martyrs in Čavoglave. The nominees for the Drago Galić Prize for the best achievement in the field of residential architecture were: residential and business building in Zagreb by Igor Franić, residential and business complex TIZ by Nikola Bašić, and residential and business structure Zagrad in Rijeka by Saša Randić and Idis Turato. The awarded project is the FN House by Ivan Galić.
In the category of the best achievement in the field of interior design and decoration for the Bernardo Bernardi Prize, the nominees were the stage design for the play “Grmače” in the Teatar &TD, Zagreb by Ana Martina Bakić and Ivana Knez, and the design of the Anilox business premises in Žminj by Aleksandra Krebel – Kostrenčić and Alan Kostrenčić. The award – winning project was the set-up of the exhibition Dalmatian Hinterland – Unknown Country, whose author is Mario Beusan.
In this issue we present only those shortlisted for the Viktor Kovačić and Drago Galić prizes who have not yet been introduced in our magazine. The next issue will cover the shortlisted authors for the Bernardo Bernardi Prize and the winners of the Neven Šegvić Prize for publicist writing.
The second topic in this MS issue, conversions of facilities, was chosen on the basis of the interview with Stephan Mäder, author of the Architectural College located within a former industrial complex in Winterthur. Đivo Dražić writes about the Zagreb Fair and thinks that the “commenced transformation of the neighbourhood and the completely worn-out condition of the entire existing Fair infrastructure make the future of the Zagreb Fair, which should be a city priority, uncertain”.
Igor Franić has visited the opening of the New Museum in New York, whose authors are Kasuyo Sejima+Ryue Nishizawa.
The last topic of this issue are the Master Plans of Zagreb and Split, recently much talked about in public. Dina Ožić Bašić writes about the Split Master Plan and Ivan Rupnik about the Zagreb Mastar Plan, while Ivica Fanjek juxtaposes his opinion to Borislav Doklestić’s.
Inspired by George Bush’s visit, in his column Alan Kostrenčić warns against general glorification of mediocrity: “by establishing a system of values dictated by fashion magazines like Wallpaper, the fascism of sterile and impotent fashion based on constantly bringing new and unnecessary commodities to the market is unfortunately not an ailment of wide social layers, but of the so-called elite, including unfortunately also us architects”.
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