The emergence of a contemporary city with its rapid changes, constant mobility and strict division of labor increased frequency of marginality. The project explores the extent to which a particular community is spatially marginalized, the ghettoization of areas of the city in which they live, why did that happen and what is the real image of the city.
First case study inquires spatial marginalization and ghettoization of Roma settlements within the city – marginalization and ghettoization of Roma community is an example par excellance, since Roma live in these areas for at least 700 years and there is no process of integration with majority population (according to some authors, they refuse integration) like there is with other minorities.
The project aims to get a direct insight into the daily life of the Zagreb Roma community and to establish direct communication with the Roma population for the purpose of finding the proper solution to enhance Roma living conditions in Zagreb. Through implementation of project activities it aims to improve Roma housing integration by educating about the use of residential buildings and environment. Also, one of the expected results is the presentation of research results and workshop activities to the general public through discursive gallery programs and publication that will be published at the begginning of 2016. This aims for cooperation with other civil society organizations in order to develop the project and disseminate activities.
The project starts with research and assessment of the situation on the ground which includes review of the existing literature on this topic, visits to Roma settlements, photo material of the present situation, mapping architectural and urban data analysis, dialogue with the settlement members on life conditions and methods of current construction. Two series of workshops will be held in the settlements; first one by anthropologist Bojan Mucko, which aims to open the interaction with Roma community and direct conversation about problems; and second one by ARCHIsquad group of architects that will address possible solutions and better use of available construction materials. In addition to that, round table will be held in the gallery premises with experts and general public as participants, which aims to present Roma housing problems and combat racial and other discrimination. At the beginning of 2016 publication that contains results of research and implemented activities will be printed out.
Romska udruga mladih ROM
Financial support 2015.