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Life in the New delves into the complexity of urban development and its impact on people, with the ex-Yugoslavian district of Novi Beograd, Serbia, as a backdrop. How does the relationship between people and architecture change as cities grow and become denser? Through interviews with the area’s inhabitants and photographs that blend documentary and art, Life in the New explores what lies beyond the facade of the brutalist and socialist modernistic buildings.
👉🏻 240 pages
👉🏻 24 × 30 cm
👉🏻 160 photos
👉🏻 Language: English
Text and photos by Marius Svaleng Andresen
Design by Petter Torgersen Myhr
Excerpt from the preface by Vladimir Kulić, Professor of Architectural History Iowa State University:
Marius Svaleng Andresen shifts our attention to see the city not as an abstract collection of monumental concrete forms, but precisely as a home of real, living people. His camera sympathetically records the signs of life as they sprout irrepressibly in every nook and cranny of the city’s residential neighborhoods: from windows and balconies to sidewalks and flowerbeds, a few of which were probably never intentionally planted. Impressive architectural forms and complex geometries still abound in these photographs, but they recede into the background to reveal everyday life in all its mundane glory: its little dramas, its melancholy, its discomforts, quirkiness, and humor. Every now and then, however, Andresen discovers moments of pure beauty, the fragile, unpremeditated poetry of the everyday that thrives amidst the formality of the architects’ grand visions.