it is not future that always comes after
Nataša Bodrožic & Saša Šimpraga (Eds.)
Opening a long-closed window into the 1960s Communist Eastern Bloc, Motel Trogir explores the history and planning culture that produced a modernist utopian architecture in Yugoslavia. Conceived and built in 1965 by renowned architect Ivan Vitić during a period of increased transit tourism, the motel stands by a highway on the Dalmatian coast. A fine example of 20th-century modernism, the motel is in a derelict state today due to unresolved property issues, and stands as a reminder of the former political economy. In 2013, to help rescue the buildings from development, Loose Associations, an association for contemporary artistic practices, argued for protection of the motel as a valuable architectural work. In this modest publication, ample historical images and informative texts tell the story of 1960s socialist Yugoslavia, its tourist architecture and planning as reflected in Vitic’s Adriatic motels, and the turbulent decades that have followed as the architectural culture is caught between the socialist agenda and market forces. Contributions by Tvrtko Jakovina, Dafne Berc, Melita Čavlovic, Lidija Butković Mićin, Tamara Bjažić Klarin, Sandra Uskoković, Zrinka Paladino, Saša Šimpraga, Nataša Bodrožić, Maroje Mrduljaš, Ruben Arevshatyan, Levan Asabashvili, Silva Kalčić, Idis Turato and Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair.
6 x 8 in. / 224 pp / 89 b&w and 11 color
Retail Price: $25.00
SLOBDONE VEZE / LOOSE ASSOCIATIONS, CROATIA