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A Tower of Feathers

Part 2 Dissertation 2015
Berina Alimajstorovic
De Montfort University | UK
This dissertation observes the correlation between the political authority of Marshall Tito and the influences he generated on Socialist architecture during his reign of the now defunct Yugoslavia (1943 -1980). Tito rebuilt a crumbled nation after the Second World War by unifying a variety of cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and religions under the rule of Communism and the famous slogan ‘Brotherhood and Unity’. At the start of his political career the architecture symbolised the Socialist Classicism bravura. However, once banished from the Soviet Bloc’s alliance, Yugoslavia and the architecture forged a solitary reputation. Internationally, Tito was once regarded as a Stalin follower, however, he soon turned his back on Moscow’s reign and revitalised Socialism to the region, which involved policies such as ‘Self-Management’ and the ‘Yugoslav Way’. This was not met without repercussions and Tito and his architects soon found themselves suffering from an identity crisis. Therefore, the non-alignment agreement was initiated by Tito, in a conscious effort not to be encumbered in the Cold War. This dissertation explores how the identity of Yugoslavian architecture became a representation of the complicated, ferocious, and regional politics, which offers explanations to the alienated architectural styles which neither had a clear language nor direction.
Berina Alimajstorovic

Raymond Quek
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