The phenomenon of the implementation of minigolf in public space is investigated as a social and spatial heritage of a certain historical period, but also as an indicator of policies for the management and arrangement of public space.
The research is based on a field trip to seven Zagreb locations of mini golf courses. In addition to gathering insights on the issue, the purpose of the research is to question the reasons why and in which functional and design aspects some mini golf courses have been preserved, while others have disappeared. Do individual abandoned playgrounds function as spaces that, through alternative use, meet the unpredictable needs of the residents and users of the environments in which they are located? This type of entertainment, along with light and optional recreation, could be practiced by all age-sex groups of users of different purchasing power. Since it has been replaced in public space over time by a narrowed offer of children's playgrounds and commercial facilities for adults, consideration of such a specific social practice also initiates a discussion about the culture of public space use that deserves reinvention today.
Dino Belamaric, D**Afne** Berc and Bojan Mucko they are an independent research team that explores the potential for maintaining the diversity of everyday life of urbanized territories. In their work, they use a methodology that combines architectural, anthropological and new media tools. For the past three years, they have also been operating through the format of the discursive program Urban Interface.
A lecture with a discussion and the announcement of the Zagreb guide through minigolf will be held in the Showroom of the Nova Gallery, on Saturday, November 17 at 12 o'clock. The moderator of the discussion is the architect Marko Sančanin.
The program is funded by the Foundation "Kultura nova", Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and City Office for Culture of the City of Zagreb.