Towards a Methodology for Rethinking Modernity

Between Imagined, Realized, and Lived Space





workshop, architectural design, architectural programming, urban studies, modernity


The subject of this paper is twofold (1) towards review and revision of extra-curricular learning model in the form of a student workshop as an extended environment and a reflective arena, and (2) towards generating workshop content aimed at examining modernity in contemporary conditions of urban transformation. The paper is structured in three parts. The first part introduces the concept of an architectural workshop with a discussion of general methodological perspectives that shape this approach that takes place through three continuous stages during which students develop the process of analytical thinking, architectural programming and architectural design. The second part of the paper contextually and conceptually position the content of the workshop aimed at examining modernity in contemporary conditions of urban transformation between imagined, realized, and lived space. The third section introduces the content of two student workshops as an illustrative example of the implementation of methodology with specified assignments and substance.

How to Cite

Milovanović, A., Dragutinović, A., Ristić Trajković, J., & Nikezić, A. (2020). Towards a Methodology for Rethinking Modernity: Between Imagined, Realized, and Lived Space. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 68–85.



Author Biographies

Aleksandra Milovanović, University of Belgrade

Aleksandra Milovanović, M.Arch, is a PhD Candidate at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Architecture. Her PhD research is focusing on redefining of architectural programming perspectives in design and planning process. She is involved as Research Trainee in the national scientific project financed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia. She is also engaged as a teaching associate in architectural design and urban planning courses at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture.

Anica Dragutinović, Delft University of Technology

Anica Dragutinović, M.ARCH., is a PhD Candidate at TU Delft (Netherlands). Her PhD research is focusing on the evaluation and transformation of modernist housing blocks in New Belgrade. She is a research assistant and coordinator of Master Program MIAD/MID-Facade Design at OWL UAS (Germany) since 2016; and a member of the Erasmus+ project Re-use of Modernist Buildings. She obtained Master of Architecture in 2016 at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture (Serbia), and Bachelor of Architecture in 2014 at the same Faculty. During her studies she was a student teaching assistant and had different internships on international level.

Jelena Ristić Trajković, University of Belgrade

Jelena Ristić Trajkovć is an architect, educator and author. She holds Ph.D. degree in Architecture within the field of Architectural Design and Contemporary Architecture (2016). She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture, where she is involved in architectural design and theory courses, as well as in several scientific research projects. She is the author of more than 30 scientific papers in reputed journals and publications.

Ana Nikezić, University of Belgrade

Ana Nikezić is an associate professor and Vice Dean for Education and Research at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture. She holds a PhD in Architecture (2006) with more than 20 years of teaching experience in the area of Architectural and Urban design and over 14 years of experience in research projects. She is particularly interested in connecting of the theoretical and the practical dimension of designing and architecture in general. Particular academic attention has been brought to the subject of relations between architecture and nature, architecture and urban culture, as well as to the subject of socially responsible architectural education based on an interdisciplinary approach.


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