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Sonja Dragovic

Sonja Dragovic

https://www.4cities.eu/author/dragovicsonja/

Vasa Raičkovića 49, Podgorica, Montenegro
Sonja Dragovic obtained master’s degree in urban studies through interdisciplinary program “4Cities”, comprised of four semesters of study and practice in Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid. She holds bachelor’s degree in economics and has studied in Montenegro, the USA and Poland as an undergraduate. Her main interests include analyzing practices of urban activism and working with local communities towards improving participatory methods, public policies, and shared spaces.

The Beautiful Ruins We're Made Of


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

The Beautiful Ruins We're Made Of


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
A story about lived pasts and (im)possible futures of buildings and their communities.
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

This story is about the relationship between buildings and communities: what it has been, what it is, what it could have been, and what it could still be. It unravels over the last seventy years, and looks at the next thirty.

Anchored in three localities defined by modernist buildings created after the World War II, the story follows the lives altered by the new spatial and social reality these buildings produced and symbolized. As both the buildings and the communities formed around them age, change and transform, the future reveals itself as frightening, hopeful, or uncertain – and demands choices to be made in the face of economic crisis, natural disaster and demographic change. The questions of belonging, loyalty, common purpose and the meaning of architecture in rapidly changing world are inevitable, and explored through the distinct future challenges we might all be facing sooner than we hope.


The Beautiful Ruins We're Made Of


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

The Beautiful Ruins We're Made Of


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
A story about lived pasts and (im)possible futures of buildings and their communities.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

This story is about the relationship between buildings and communities: what it has been, what it is, what it could have been, and what it could still be. It unravels over the last seventy years, and looks at the next thirty.

Anchored in three localities defined by modernist buildings created after the World War II, the story follows the lives altered by the new spatial and social reality these buildings produced and symbolized. As both the buildings and the communities formed around them age, change and transform, the future reveals itself as frightening, hopeful, or uncertain – and demands choices to be made in the face of economic crisis, natural disaster and demographic change. The questions of belonging, loyalty, common purpose and the meaning of architecture in rapidly changing world are inevitable, and explored through the distinct future challenges we might all be facing sooner than we hope.



Idea by

Sonja Dragovic
Sonja Dragovic
Vasa Raičkovića 49
Podgorica
Montenegro
Sonja Dragovic obtained master’s degree in urban studies through interdisciplinary program “4Cities”, comprised of four semesters of study and practice in Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid. She holds bachelor’s degree in economics and has studied in Montenegro, the USA and Poland as an undergraduate. Her main interests include analyzing practices of urban activism and working with local communities towards improving participatory methods, public policies, and shared spaces.