Articles by Sonja Dragovic

“Keep upright!”: The Cypress Park Protests in Montenegro

Note from LeftEast editors: After three months of peaceful protests against a controversial construction project and in defense of preserving a nearly century-old cypress park in the center of Bar, a port city on Montenegro’s coast, it looks like the battle has been lost. However, Sonja Dragović tells us with this article, activists are not giving up: by responding to the government’s oppressive and deceitful tactics with hopeful, creative, and sustained acts of resistance, they keep trying to reclaim their right to the city. The Montenegrin city of Bar, an Adriatic Sea port, suffered a major loss last Thu ..

Be Realistic–Demand the Impossible! Podgorica’s Blok 5

An Interview with Architect and City Planner Mileta Bojović Blok 5 was built between 1977 and 1984 as a brand-new quarter of Podgorica, based on a meticulous urban plan by architect Vukota Tupa Vukotić (1932–2002) and envisioned by architect Mileta Bojović (1941). The neighborhood consists of 13 buildings, housing approximately 1800 units. Bojović strived to achieve a dynamic effect, in order to express the importance of active citizenship in public life. He did this by creating an array of buildings that appear like they’re about to move, to jump into action – although they are very stable structures, ..