Belgrade. Formal Informal

Belgrade. Formal Informal

A Reasearch on Urban Transformation

This book presents ETH Studio Basel’s research on the city of Belgrade as an example for a global phenomenon: Instability of the formal vs stability of the informal.


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Title Information

Edited by ETH Studio Basel, Contemporary City Institute. Essays by Roger Diener, Marcel Meili, Christian Mueller Inderbitzin, and Milica Topalović

1st edition

, 2012

Text English and German


276 pages, 60 colord and 123 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-254-4


ETH Studio Basel, Contemporary City Institute is part of the Department of Architecture at the renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. This institute of urban research undertakes projects that explore the evolution of the contemporary city, looking specifically at how cities transform over time and interact with material space. Currently, the institute is researching urbanization in the Canary Islands as well as in Havana, Nairobi, Casablanca, and Hong Kong.

Belgrade. Formal Informal presents the fascinating findings of ETH Studio Basel’s research in the former Yugoslavian and now Serbian capital, investigating in particular the city’s development from the international embargo against the Milosevic regime after the Yugoslavian wars of separation in the 1990s until the present day. This richly illustrated book explores in depth how Belgrade has changed throughout years of upheaval and economic hardship. It shows the result of the interplay between guided and accidental urban planning and construction and the varied architecture that has emerged from that intersection. In essays by architects and urban planners, Belgrade is presented as an example of how contemporary cities develop in an increasingly global community.

Authors & Editors

Roger Diener

, born 1950, is an architect educated at ETH Zurich and EPFL in Lausanne and a principal with Diener & Diener Architects in Basel. He taught as a Professor of Design at EPFL 1987–89 and as a Professor of Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich and at ETH Studio Basel 1999–2015. He has also been a visting professor at Harvard University and at universities in Vienna, Amstardam, and Copenhagen.

ETH Studio Basel

Marcel Meili

 (1953-2019), studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (1973–1980). In 1987, he formed an office in Zurich together with Markus Peter. He was teaching as a professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich since 1999.

Christian Mueller Inderbitzin

, born 1977, graduated in Architecture from ETH Zurich in 2004 and is a principal with Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architects in Zürich. He teaches at various universities and has previously been working as a reserach assistant at ETH Studio Basel 2005–2015.

Milica Topalović