Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)


Churches Of Communism

August 16th, 2007

In the Economist (issue 11-17 August 2007) one could read that the Privatisation Agency of the Republic of Serbia has put on public auction the entire department stores “Beograd” (Robne Kuce Beograd) real estate property for the reason of bankruptcy. A total of 32 facilities in Serbia and 5 in Montenegro with a total floor surface of 239 875 m2 were on sale at a starting price of 140 million Euros.

If you look closely, in almost every town in (ex) Yugoslavia, no matter how big or small it is, you can for sure find a constellation of 3 buildings: the house of culture, the department store and the hotel. They may vary on size and origin, but they are always there, usually on or in the vicinity of the main square. And the set of 3 was built always after WW2, as part of a state program for rebuilding the country.