Valentina Gulin Zrnić participated at the International scientific conference “Cultural heritage – Possibilities for Spatial and Economic Development” which was held in Zagreb, October 22-23, 2015. The paper is co-authored by the architect Dubravka Vranić and is titled “The Voids of Novi Zagreb: The Clash of Modernist Planning Legacy and Contemporary Spatial Practices”.
Valentina Gulin Zrnić, Dubravka Vranić
The voids of Novi Zagreb: the clash of modernist planning legacy and contemporary spatial practices (Summary)
The paper examines the spatial and planning practices over the last two transitional decades in order to find out how various factors have been contributing to the deterioration of voids (open and green spaces) in New Zagreb. The most significant factors are changes in land ownership (privatization) and new spatial land subdivisions, construction legislative, bureaucratic urbanism and the nature of the master-plan. Several case studies illustrate the way these factors impact the transformation of New Zagreb’s voids, thus violating its urban identity and existing quality of life, defined by modernist urban planning principles. The authors introduce the term “intangible spatial heritage” in order to stress the importance of valuing and protecting original urban ideas and spatial concepts on which particular urban setting has been built.