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Jasna Cizler

Jasna holds a PhD in Architecture/Urban Planning and Specialist degree in Urban Regeneration from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade. Her research interests lie in the area of urban regeneration and industrial heritage. She has completed Post-Doc research at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (2018), and did academic research at Karl-Franzens University of Graz (2012/2013), Czech Technical University (2012) and University of Leeds (2010). She has been working as a map designer and scientific illustrator since 2013.

General research interests

urban studies, urban regeneration, cultural heritage

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

Activation of former industrial buildings in cities: Institutional limitations in Serbia

PhD Abstract

Subject of the dissertation is the definition of the conditions for the re-use of former industrial buildings in Serbia. Dissertation focuses on the innovative activation concepts, that are already being applied in developed countries and that are emerging in Serbia, while facing several limitations. The first hypothesis is that the institutional framework and the existing policy for activation of these locations in Serbia are inadequate. The second hypothesis is that the integration of the cultural potentials of industrial heritage and social capital of the civil and creative sector into heritage protection and urban development policy can improve the results of protection and activation of the former industrial buildings. The task was to investigate the current practice of the activation, to gain critical insight into the relationship of relevant institutions towards the subject and to determine institutional limitations for the activation of these buildings in Serbia. The possibilities for the transformation and adaptation of the planning system and its mechanisms and instruments were examined, as well as ways for improving the cooperation between actors and ways for a greater inclusion of civil and creative sector in formal urban planning system. Methodology applied in the research is qualitative and primary data cоmes from: the review of the relevant sources (literature, documents, strategies, regulation, previous research); interviews with main actors and information gathered during direct observation of former industrial buildings and their users. Analysis has shown that institutional framework for activation of former industrial buildings in Serbia is characterised by numerous limitations, which could be overcome by introducing approaches that imply the inclusion of informal initiatives, as well as the initiatives coming from the civil and creative sector. Transdisciplinary research which connects theories from several disciplines, by using a combined methodology, resulted in identification of guidelines and principles aiming to introduce the innovations into the current system and to establish the ways for overcoming the limitations. As a result of the research, a new approach, which would allow a greater inclusion of independent initiatives in managing urban development, is proposed.

Key words
industrial heritage, activation, adaptive re-use, urban planning, institutions, civil sector, creative sector.

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