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Monday, February 19, 2018, 

"Skopje 2014" has changed city's image, upset and divided people: minister

"Skopje 2014" has changed city

Skopje, 12 October 2017 (MIA) - The so-called "Skopje 2014" is the second disaster for the city following the 1963 earthquake. This disaster not caused by nature but resulting from quasi-building and quasi-cultural reasons has significantly altered not only the city's architectural image but also upset and divided people, changed their habits, erased the city's memory. This controversial "project" demonstrated how architecture can kill a city if put in the wrong hands, said Culture Minister Robert Alagjozovski at Wednesday's opening of exhibit "Skopje-Architecture in Macedonian Context" in Vienna.

"A am speaking about the dilemma whether events in Skopje and Macedonia in recent years had anything to do with architecture. Although, in a sense, the sights of certain modern Macedonian architects were obviously also directed to Vienna as a possible model for their stunts", said Alagjozovski.

He also referred to the city's architectonic heritage from the Ottoman period, which is now a protected cultural legacy.


"Skopje - Architecture in Macedonian Context" is created by architects Vladimir Deskov, Ana Ivanovska-Deskova and Jovan Ivanovski. An Austrian-Macedonian project realized upon the invitation of architect Adolph Stiller, long-standing curator of Vienna-based gallery "Ringturm", which hosts the exhibit.

The display focuses on the architectural heritage from the Modern period in Skopje (1945-1991). The authors say the interest for modern architecture of Skopje comes after a period when the attention of the domestic and foreign public focused on the controversial "Skopje 2014" project. ik/14:26


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