Block 23 in New Belgrade and the Belgrade neighborhood of Cerak Vinogradi are part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and they were selected after the exhibit “Towards a Concrete Utopia – Yugoslav Architecture from 1948 to 1980”, as the only buildings not to have an adverse effect on the nature.
The Belgrade neighborhood of Cerak Vinogradi was designed in 1977, and Block 23 was built in 1974, under the project of architects Aleksandar Stjepanovic, Bozidar Jankovic and Branislav Karadzic. Today, the blueprints, models and catalogs related to this block are located at the MoMA.
– Block 23 and Cerak Vinogradi are the peak of residential architecture and something that is informally recognized in this profession as the Belgrade Residential School – points out Jelica Jovanovic, a curator at the MoMA.
– The first lesson during our architecture studies was that architecture is a trinity of art, science and technique. Cerak Vinogradi is an accomplishment in terms of how it's designed, in terms of being developed over nine and a half years from a suburban area into a small hill town of its own – architect Milenija Marusic explains.
The fact that Block 23 and Cerak Vinogradi are part of the MoMA collection confirms the value of Serbian architecture and makes it part of the global history of architecture.
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