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The Beautiful Ruins We're Made Of

Montenegro
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This story is about the relationship between buildings and communities: what it has been, what it is, what it could have been, and what it could still be. It unravels over the last seventy years, and looks at the next thirty.

Anchored in three localities defined by modernist buildings created after the World War II, the story follows the lives altered by the new spatial and social reality these buildings produced and symbolized. As both the buildings and the communities formed around them age, change and transform, the future reveals itself as frightening, hopeful, or uncertain – and demands choices to be made in the face of economic crisis, natural disaster and demographic change. The questions of belonging, loyalty, common purpose and the meaning of architecture in rapidly changing world are inevitable, and explored through the distinct future challenges we might all be facing sooner than we hope.