Recycling became very significant for modern societies which aspire to the environment sustainability. By trying to diminish, reuse and recycle the lost, we find new life in everything, from empty bottles and boxes to clothing, vehicles and buildings.
When the recycling of buildings of great cultural and historical value in question, the benefit for the community and its environment is vaster, being that these kinds of structures are part of the landscape and identity and they contribute to authenticity of the communities they belong to. Besides, the reuse of the abandoned buildings implies preservation of the “built in energy” of original spaces which makes projects like these more sustainable in comparison to those which purport the construction of completely new structure.
The project Creative Recycling of Belgrade was directed towards promotion of industrial heritage as the important generator of authentic identity of communities but also towards emphasizing its multicultural dimension as a great value since the industrial heritage keeps memory on the process of modernization and progress of societies all over the world and can be perceived as something that is common to different societies and can become factor of connection and starting point for cooperation and joint actions at regional and wider European level. It is important to stress that specific value of industrial heritage in Serbia lays in a fact that it represents part of European heritage and memory since great number of industrial buildings were built by architects from different European countries and that industrial heritage can be perceived as material evidence of cultural diversity of Serbian society and its connections with European and world cultural heritage.
In regard to this context the project was developed parallel on two levels – one regarding improvement and modernisation of heritage policy and protection, presentation and re-use of industrial heritage in Serbia and in the region and another regarding encouragement of the young population to undertake responsibility for its needs and their fulfilment through joint actions around the re-use of industrial heritage.
This project was realised with the support of the Secretary for Culture of the City of Belgrade and in some segments in cooperation with the Youth Office of the City Municipality Palilula.