The topic deals with the role that diagrams of Center for Housing IMS (Institute for Testing Materials Serbia) have had in housing development in socialist Yugoslavia. The first part follows the argument of Cornelius Castoriadis related to the geopolitical position of Yugoslavia and country’s 1948 split with USSR. Afterwards the talk addresses the processes of machinery import from the West and qualification of people for construction works following industrialization. Finally, the conclusion focuses on the roles of IMS prefabricated system and diagrams developed at IMS department Center for Housing. These will be argued as operative tools of engineers and architects in their attempt toward modernization and articulation of migrations from rural areas to cities.
Andjelka Badnjar Gojnić is a fellow and assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Aachen (RWTH). She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, and became an assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Podgorica. She holds a master’s degree from the Barcelona Institute of Architecture where she has also worked as an assistant professor. She also works on the various award wining projects (winner of the international call for reconstruction of Obod Cetinje factory into university campus of art schools). She publishes in academic journals (The North Street Review, Histories of Postwar Architecture), presents at the international conferences (TU Berlin, TU Delft, gta ETH Cirih), and participates at the international shows (La Biennale di Venezia 2010).