How the Skopje 2014 project ate the urban commons

How the Skopje 2014 project ate the urban commons

Building site of the new constitutional court and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SkopjeThe historically inaccurate and kitsch new look of the city convey a clear ideological message in line with the ruling VMRO-DPMNE’s nationalist vision. – Creator: Deian Vladov. Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.

The Skopje2014 urban reconstruction project is the biggest infrastructure investment in the entire Macedonian history. This video delineates the costs and presents the corruptive machinations behind the project.

Produced by the Macedonian organization Freedom Square with the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, this video provides a much-needed critical take on the Skopje 2014 project. The goal of this urban reconstruction project, officially announced by the Macedonian government in 2010, was allegedly to raise the profile of the Macedonian capital.

In reality, this proved to be a costly endeavor financed by public money greatly surpassing the initial cost estimates, planned and built entirely without public participation and by surpassing and breaking the law. Numerous new buildings, monuments and fountains were constructed, and original facades refurbished in an architectural style entirely foreign to the domestic context.

The historically inaccurate and kitsch new look of the city convey a clear ideological message in line with the ruling VMRO-DPMNE’s nationalist vision.

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