BEFORE DURING AND AFTER the conference
This excursion will be dedicated on discovering the hidden patterns of medium and small-size settlements of central Serbia, which are particularly interesting when it comes to the typology of their urban squares. A visit to four urban settlements is planned – city of Čačak (characterized by the urban square of radial constitution), city of Kraljevo (characterized by the urban square of orthogonal constitution), city of Trstenik (characterized by the urban square of linear constitution) and Kruševac (characterized by medieval fortified town, the former capital). Among these urban settlements, excursion will include one specific type of medium- and small-size settlements – Vrnjačka Banja – a representative example of Serbian spa settlements (characterized by a picturesque relationship of landscape and cityscape). This route will be permeated with a thematic route dedicated to Yugoslav World War II monuments and memorials which represent a special type of architectural heritage within the Yugoslav cultural space – a visit to three masterpieces designed by the architect Bogdan Bogdanović – Mausoleum of Struggle and Victory in Čačak, Popina Monument Park near Trstenik, and Slobodište Park in Kruševac.
Old and New Belgrade. Since the conference is being held in Belgrade, daily route is planned in order to demystify dichotomy of Old and New Belgrade: a tour of the Old Belgrade (protected area Kosančićev venac, Kalemegdan Fortress, Savamala cultural district), and New Belgrade (megablocks 21, 23, 45, 63, Genex Tower and Palace of Serbia).
Gala dinner on Belgrade Rivers. Belgrade’s geographical position, as a city at the confluence of two European rivers (Danube and Sava), was one of the basic preconditions for the morphogenesis of the city’s territory and its development towards a wider metropolitan area. Throughout the historical periods, there was a gradual development of Belgrade River banks, on the basis of which can be recognized the morphological system of Old, New and Third Belgrade which is best read from the course of rivers. In this sense, the Gala dinner will be organized at the onboard restaurant in order to discover the new meanings hidden in the physiognomy and silhouette of Belgrade.
East. The second excursion will be dedicated to discovering of landscapes of exceptional natural and cultural-historical values of East Serbia. The first checkpoint of this excursion is Avala Mountain situated in the south-eastern corner of the Belgrade city which provides a comprehensive panoramic view of Belgrade, Vojvodina and Šumadija from Avala Tower – “Belgrade City Guardian”. The second checkpoint is city of Topola affirmed by historical and cultural monuments (Cultural Heritage of Serbia) – revolutionary and royal (Karageorge’s town) with a wine region (Oplenac). In the context of the viticultural context, special checkpoints will be wineries.
The two-days bus excursion will be dedicated to discovering the cultural-historical values of small- and medium-sized settlements of North Serbia, which are especially specific when it comes to the urban matrix which is the result of Austro-Hungarian influence in this territory. A visit to four urban settlements is planned – city of Sremski Karlovci (characterized by the urban square of baroque eclecticism), city of Novi Sad (characterized by the duality of Art Nouveau and Modernist architecture), city of Subotica (characterized by Art Nouveau architecture), and city of Bač (Castels city). Among these urban settlements, excursion will include one specific type of medium- and small-size settlements – city of Palić – a city on lake.