Source: eKapija | Wednesday, 27.07.2011.| 14:41
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Construction of first Roma cultural center in Orlovsko housing project in Mirijevo kicks off in 2012 - Award-winning preliminary design by Ivan Bozic

Two buildings with a large multifunctional and three smaller halls, a restaurant, a cafe, basketball courts, a sports club, and an underground garage for 33 cars will be the contents of a multicultural center in Orlovsko housing project in Mirijevo. The inhabitants of the first planned Roma settlement will get a 1,800-square-meter complex on a 32-are lot.

The author of the preliminary design is Ivan Bozic, a young architect, who won the first prize at the open competition "Ensemble of a Multicultural Center". This award will be presented to him tonight by Bozidar Djelic, Serbian deputy prime minister for European integrations, at the cultural institution Vuk Karadzic in Zvezdara.

The ceremony in the multimedia hall starts with the presentation of 22 works of students who took part in the open competition for the best architectural design of a multicultural center in Orlovsko housing project in Mirijevo. This open competition, announced by the borough of Zvezdara and the Architectural Faculty of the Belgrade University in association with the Association of Architects of Belgrade, was a call for students of the Architectural Faculty who work on their master's thesis paper in three studios.

After a thorough analysis, an 11-member expert jury chose the three best works. The first prize - a 15-week stay (fall semester) in Florence at the Florence Institute of Design International, went to Ivan Bozic, the second prize was won by Jelena Pucarevic (RSD 100,000), while Damir Alispahic won the third prize (RSD 50,000).

The complete space of the cultural institution Vuk Karadzic (except for the multimedia hall) will tonight be turned into a gallery for the needs of an exhibition of works of students of the Architectural Faculty named "City on Stage". On that occasion, about 20 students will present over 60 works in the forms of models, videos and posters.

Construction kicks off in 2012

- The construction of this facility should commence in 2012 - says Marija Lekovic, member of the Zvezdara Borough Council, which is the project investor.

- Next phase is the main project design, in which both the first prize winner and the Architectural Faculty will be included. Based on that project, we will know the value of the investment for which the funds from investors will be asked. We expect workers on the building site as of second half of 2012 - says Lekovic .

- It is easier for children and adults to remember lectures if they do not always study at one place because a new space stimulates the brain to create subtle associations in a new study room - says the author of the award-winning project.

- Researches conducted over the past few years have shown that the method of studying at the favorite place does not always produce the desired results. By changing the rooms and places where you study, you actually improve your concentration. When one moves from one space to another, the brain subconsciously creates subtle associations between the study material and what can be seen in the room - Ivan Bozic explains.

The main topic of interest is education and application of contemporary methods of studying at the new Multicultural Center, as well as overlapping of the study principles and the creation of space. In this case, we are talking about a sensitive group with an aversion to studying.

- In order to encourage Roma people to receive education, it is necessary to introduce them to the contemporary methods of studying in order for them to be able to accept education as a normal process in their life. A solution can be seen in a "hidden school" where Roma children and their parents would receive education through play, tasks and research. One gets the impression today that Roma children do not have any role models to identify with - says Bozic.

Parents should get familiar with their legal obligations in regard to education - the most important for them is to send their kids to school and provide them with the primary education. At the same time, it is necessary to design measures that will support parents in fulfilling their obligations.

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