• 05.10.2012. - 02.11.2012.

    Images of the Square

    The call for preliminary design proposals for the mobiliary and signalization of  the Stjepan Radić Square is now closed!

    The selection committee (Ana Dana Beroš, Ana Boljar, Ivan Klisurić, Ana Kovačić and Marija Matković) has awarded the first prize to the project “The Line” by Hana Svatoš-Ražnjević and Ivana Banfić. The winning proposal will be awarded a symbolic prize of 1 000 HRK and will be presented, along with other selected proposals, at the exhibition “Images of the Square,” which opens October 5 at Galženica Gallery.

    Authors whose proposals are going to be presented on the exhibition: Hana Svatoš - Ražnjević i Ivana Banfić (The Line i Forward), Slobodan Arsenović, Dejan Mitov, Jelena Čobanović i Krsto Radovanović - ModelArt studio (Grad kao muzej), Luis Cano Gonzálvez, Jelena Smoljo i Mariana Bucat (Occupy VG), Dragan Marković, Danilo Beronja i Lazar Belić (Krugovi života), Aleksandar Pavlović (Sudar) i Petra Jelaska.

    In addition to these design proposals, the exhibition will feature the products of the shooting workshop ˝Laboratory Square˝ led by Mario Topić.


  • 21.10.2009. - 15.11.2009.

    Interzone : Local

    Authors of exhibition: Marija MatkovićMarina Mršić and Mislav Muršić (assistant: Ivana Miketić)

    The city of Velika Gorica is facing an enormous change. On almost every side of the city new and modern highways are being built. The automobile traffic from the city of Sisak, which now directly goes through the city centre towards and from Zagreb, will soon be moved to the more distant outskirts.

    The new, significantly expanded, but also firmer physical framework of the city, almost as some kind of contemporary city “walls”, raises anew and with more acuteness the main question – can a city in the near vicinity of Zagreb whose population has already surpassed cities like Pula, Dubrovnik or Varaždin, be something more than just Zagreb’s suburbia? Are the roots of its urban identity sufficient and adequate and which are the real and key topics of the urban development of the future Velika Gorica?

    The new southern border of the city is strengthened by the nearly completed highway. In contrast to the times when the 19th century railway line Zagreb - Sisak (located at the same place as today's highway) was located too far from the centre of Velika Gorica, so that the famous horse tram had to be put up, today the position of the highway clearly points to the fact that the merging of Gorica and Kurilovec will finally take place, which is of utmost importance for Velika Gorica. However, the meaningfulness or even coincidence of further steps in this merging which has been postponed for too long, determines whether the city will be more dependent on the large and still disregarded advantage of its railway and now its highway.

    In contrast to that, the new bypass on the north seemingly separates Velika Gorica from Pleso and connects and strengthens the city’s new traffic frame with the airport. However, this key and very determined physical move brings together into an almost continuous built-up area a clearly separated city and northern suburban neighbourhoods, which were already connected to the airport. This suddenly expands the urban tissue of Velika Gorica to the north and at the same time completely merges it with the constructed area around the airport.

    By encompassing the airport, Velika Gorica seems to complete this unique and fateful connection of this city with the history of aviation. Namely, not only does the city on one side directly lean on the contemporary international airport, but it also spreads out to the runway of the former military airport on the other side. This became the city’s fixed eastern border, but also an obstacle. Even more, in today’s urban tissue the positions of the first airstrips, from the first civilian airports from between the wars up to the war Wehrmacht airports, remain inscribed in the positioning of some streets. However, this unusual history remained hidden and forgotten.

    A section of the new eastern bypass is being built parallel to the military runway. It is built on a (too) high causeway and it is planned to assimilate the city railway, a future substitute for the horse tram which would also be a direct link and one of the many ties with Zagreb. But for the city of Velika Gorica itself, the bypass also becomes a double and an almost insurmountable obstacle for the city’s spreading to the shore of the Lake Čiće.

    The leap in development that is taking place in front of us does not, however, take place in the city centre. But the centre will soon be freed from the transit traffic which means it will be significantly changed. This sudden change, as experiences of numerous cities that underwent the same process, can be traumatic and leave negative effects especially in the centre’s initial passivization. That process is extremely dangerous and can have far-reaching and lasting consequences in cities like Velika Gorica which are located perhaps too close to the magnetic attraction of the nearby metropolis. Without the strength of their own centres, those cities become more or less passive suburbia.

    Now, it is of utmost importance for Velika Gorica to renew the strength of one’s own urban identity, while new ideas in activating the city centre and opening the training ground for creative movements are of key interest.

    In the end, I would like to add one personal observation. Along with the new activation and reanimation of the city centre, the real change in the urban future of Velika Gorica will take place only when the city spreads out to the scenically most valuable part of its space, the shore of the Lake Čiće, when it will perhaps obtain its own unusual Turopolje “Riviera”. (Zlatko Uzelac, art historian and urban planner)


    [1] http://velikagorica.heliohost.org/
    [2] http://www.gorica.hr/


  • 09.12.1982. - 05.01.1983.

    Miroslav Šutej, Mladenka iz Markuševca

    Miroslav Šutej, Mladenka iz Markuševca