From: Serbian Academy for Arts and Science 35 Kneza Mihaila Steet, 11000 Belgrade www.sanu.ac.rs To: “My Own City” (Citizens’ Association) 24 Vladimira Popovica Street 11070 New Belgrade Regarding the “Eco Oasis Block 19a” Project “My own city” Citizens’ Initiative Belgrade I have been following and supporting the initiative of “Eco oasis-Block 19a” and have been confident about the best intentions and enthusiasm of its creators. The idea is most surely inspired by the will for improvement of the practical, ecological and aesthetic conditions of the open areas in Block 19a. Therefore, I am supporting this initiative today, but having in mind that it should be united with the development plan and the project of reconstruction of the whole block. It is worth mentioning that even today, on the territory of Block 19a, there has been no realization of all of the contents which were planned and designed by the original project. Neither trade, service, business, cultural, educational, child care, recreational, car park nor any other facilities have been constructed. On the other hand, a thorough reconstruction of the existing objects is already necessary. Roofs are for the most of their part damaged, the ground floor facilities have lost their original purpose; the pedestrian plateaus and urban furniture are in poor condition, green areas are entirely neglected, etc. In my opinion, very useful and good initiative “My own city” (as I have suggested above) should be consolidated with the plan for complementation and reconstruction of the whole Block. In other words, one should first plan the whole area in which the idea of “Eco oasis” will be incorporated and only then start with the realization, step by step, in accordance with the public interest and provision of funds. Therefore, risk of partial interventions, without perceiving the area as a whole and potentially causing mutual collision, would be avoided, and on the other hand, the idea “Eco oasis Block 19a” would achieve significant thematic, functional, technical, ambient and aesthetic function and most probably, important financial support. Kind regards, 12.03.2012. On behalf of the architects of Block 19a, Academic Milan Lojanica.
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