Jana Konstantinova is fascinated by the rich spatial, cultural and artistic qualities of the Yugoslav cities. Meet the Swiss-based architect and researcher at EPFL, invited by Dusan Licina, Head of HOBEL. The talk will be held on Tuesday, 22.11.2022, from 11:00 to 12:00, at the blue Hall of bluefactory (room HBL0 21A), followed by a shared lunch. Be on site or watch the streaming on Zoom (direct link on demand).

In the search for a paradigm for a healthier, more satisfying and more sustainable environment the lecture will explore the ‘concept of balance’ developed within the Yugo City. The lecture will challenge the question of the human creativity within the ongoing multi-dimensional planetary pressing issues and complexities with caused and consequence by a common symptom – the negligence of the humans. The Yugo City presents a laboratory where the human is positioned centrally and presents a unique opportunity for explorations of the Equity Oriented planning, and development prone to human talent. Such an approach not only explores the Yugoslav Critical model as a possible counter model within the current context but also offers a narrative for a sensible reply to some of the sustainability questions within the current Post-Colonial, Post-Capitalist, and De-Growth ongoing debates.

Man is expressed as a quantity. And quality?

Mirče Kokalevski, ‘Supermatket of culture or temple of books’, Man and Space, Yugoslavia, 1975

The Smart Living Lunches take place once a month from 11 am to 1 pm in Fribourg to present the research activities of the Smart Living Lab. A lunch is served after the presentation. These events are designed for the Smart Living Lab’s community.

Register on doodle for lunch at 12:00.

INVITED TALK |Human – Centric Ecosystem: Critical Assessments from the Yugoslav City



Jana Konstantinova is a Swiss-based researcher and architect. After her graduation in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Faculty of Skopje, she obtained her Ph.D. at EPFL. Fascinated by the ‘rich’ spatial, cultural and artistic qualities of the Yugoslav cities, Skopje, Sarajevo and Belgrade [timeframe the 1960s-1990s] she had studied Cultural [Human] Led Development they have promoted. From it she grasped original cultural strategies, innovation and vocabulary and entire counter Creative Model which is human-centered. Recently she has realized the research exhibition Civic City in the Contemporary Art Museum, Skopje, North Macedonia.