Savamala is a no-man´s land. Most of the knowledge about the area cannot be found in books or archives, but in the memories of Savamala residents. “A Model for Savamala” will collect this local knowledge and present it publicly. Individual recollections and collective memory are treasures that will create a new awareness for Savamala and a new basis for future visions and plans for the quarter.
There is no unified description of Savamala. This is not only due to Savamala´s long and varied history or the complicated situation of the present. It is also due to the fact that both professionals and the public have, for a long time, ignored this city quarter by the River Sava. Savamala – it is a locally well-known no-man´s land.
Most of the knowledge about Savamala cannot be found in books or archives, but rather, barely accessible, in the memories of Savamala residents. To uncover this knowledge and make it public is the objective of “A Model for Savamala”. At the center of our activities will be the creation of a 1:2000 model of the quarter, which will be developed over several months with the support of international experts. This model will not only represent a specific form of Savamala as a cityscape of buildings and houses, but also a physical form of collecting, exhibiting, and publicly exposing local knowledge.
As “A Model for Savamala” simultaneously collects and stores local knowledge about the quarter, it contributes to future visions of Savamala in two ways: Firstly, this local knowledge is the necessary basis for planning the future of the quarter adequately. Secondly, this knowledge will constitute a new appreciation of and create a new awareness for Savamala.