Krunoslav Ivanišin


Even if they never materialize as buildings, architectural projects belong to the real world. Immaterial but real, detached from the actual presence but not devoid of the measurable spatial properties, these sets of technical scale-drawings, descriptions and calculations explain the future physical reality in terms of space, materiality and form, aiming at a world at least slightly better than the one they originate from. A topographically challenging, splendid location by the sea; a specific, dense urban arrangement; an intriguing mindset: the immediate context precedes and follows the actual construction of an architectural piece. This is a self- evident fact that historicist conceptualizations and classifications cannot deny. UTOPIAN or REALIST, architectural projects by their virtue are bound to places. It is only the measure of their interference with these places that varies. In our post-globalized world, both the utopian and the realist qualities are to be found in projects hyperrealist to the immediate context and in those which address it only minimally, in mere terms of load distribution, adaptation to the actual topography, or climatic protection.

place, architect, project, material, [space], context, architecture, non-place



SAJ Vol. 6, 2014, No. 2