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CHANGE REALITY

RENAMING THE STREETS OF ZAGREB

urban intervention

produced by and realised in the framework of UrbanFestival

www.urbanfestival.hr

8 - 15 September 2006


The project provides a possibility for voluntary initiatives and civil society organizations to create ideas for new street names and present them in public space. It is an invitation for committed citizens to present their ideas about the society they live in, and also about the future. They were asked to propose street names that define goals and concepts of their organization and the civil society.

Starting point of the project is the fact that street names have always expressed a specific idea on how history or reality should be viewed. This becomes evident when we remember how many streets have been renamed in times of great changes in political systems. The interaction between the new street signs and the old original plates in the streets shall bring attention to the current social events in the city. This renaming creates a sensibility for the synergies and contradictions in the development of a society, so strongly influenced by the overlapping of public and private interests.

Ten croatian associations were asked to re-name places in town:

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GREEN ACTION
Frankopanska 1
10 000 Zagreb

http://www.zelena-akcija.hr/

Proposal: Street of re-allocation of green areas

Short explanation: There is a trend in Zagreb at the moment to allocate parks and green areas into building/constructing sites. The amendments have been added to the General Urbanity Plan, which authorize opening of the green area of Medvednica (Park of Nature), and therefore change the borders of it. The last oasis of green are disappearing or have been "designed" into small parks suitable to the human sight.

Organizational profile: Green Action is a non-governmental and non-profit organization for environmental protection that is actively involved in the problematic of environmental protection and promotion of sustainable development.

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BaBe (Be active, Be emancipated)
A WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP
Medvešcak 62a
10 000 Zagreb

http://www.babe.hr/

Proposal and short explanation: We would like to re-name the main square "Trg bana Josipa Jelacic" into "Square of Victims of Patriarchate" because we think that women as well as men are victims, at least majority of them. Patriarchate, which strictly divide people based on gender, namely binary-male, female (regardless of the fact that some have been born as well as hermaphrodites - pseudo- or real) and subsequently prescribe what does it mean to be a woman and what does it mean to be a man. This patriarchate handicaps people because it does not allow them to develop their own personality exclusive of the gender in which they have been born. Discrimination, wars, hierarchy… these are all malignant by-products of a patriarchal system of values. It is about time to overcome it.

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ORGANIZATION OF GYPSY WOMEN "A BETTER FUTURE"
Avenija Marina Držica 4
10 000 Zagreb

Proposal: to re-name "Trg S. Radica" into "Square of Promises"

Short explanation: The building of municipality is located on this square. They are promising a lot, but realizing almost nothing.

Organizational profile: Our aim is to raise self-esteem, self-consciousness and socialization of women, to influence and improve quality of life and sanitary standard, to stimulate and implement programs of psycho-social support, to participate in creating programs for women and to include children in educational system of Croatia. Our activities include: workshops, lectures, consultations etc.

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ORGANIZATION OF GYPSIES OF CROATIA "ZLATNA KOBRA" (GOLDEN COBRA)
2. Resnik 15 c
10 000 Zagreb

Proposal: to re-name "3. Kozari put 2. odvojak" into "Prosperous Settlement"

Short explanation: Before there was no water, no electricity or asphalt roads, there was just one gypsy house. Now there are more than 50 houses, gypsy as well as non-gypsy, some of them are legalized. There is water and electricity, and some roads have been asphalted.

Organizational profile:
* Consulting and organizing lectures for prevention of drugs, alcohol and nicotine
* To establish a game-space for gypsy children in Croatia
* To educate those children, which are not attending school, how to read and write, no matter the age
* Prevention of violence in families
* Prevention of marriage in infancy
* To organize free time of youth and children
* To preserve customs and culture of Gypsies (folklore, dance, acting, etc.)
* To include gypsy children in educational system of Croatia

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11th THESIS
Preradoviceva 18
10 000 Zagreb

Proposal: Street of globalization trends

Short explanation: Globalization trends: do they destroy the spatio-temporal distances/fractures? Is the fact of globalization also the fact of localization and are they united in a super-modern "glocalization"? Are the contemporary integration processes at the same time the disintegration processes which, after the final fall of history, cement the naturalness of found social, political and economical differences between the states, as well as between people? At last, how are these processes reflected in a relatively small environment like Zagreb? What are its "authentic" residents and do they feel endangered by the invasion of newcomers from the provinces, and is that center by itself-in the broader context-also a province?

Organizational profile: 11th thesis is a magazine that deals with social and political issues. The overall standpoints presented in the magazine could be characterized as left and radical, but it doesn't have to mean anything. The magazine and people making it are rather taking the approach of deconstruction of the "left" and other ideas with radical signs in order to realize if there is (at all) a possibility and need for the "revolutionary" and its articulation. In this a way it does not seek to simply to state or deny, but also to work in the development of social self-consciousness. How successful are we? No one can judge yet.

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CENTRE FOR WOMEN'S STUDIES
Berislaviceva 12
10 000 Zagreb

http://www.zenstud.hr/

Proposal: to rename Svacicev trg into Sisterhood Park


Short explanation: The square is famous as the gathering place of prostitutes. Sisterhood Park/Square expresses values of solidarity between women (the idea of sisterhood) as well as political positions against legalizing prostitution and for de-criminalizing of prostitutes and intensive struggle against trading with human bodies in all different forms.

Organizational profile: Center for Women's Studies-Zagreb is the first and only independent educational organization in Croatia offering a place for academic discussion on issues concerning women today; it is also an acknowledged center for civil education in southeastern Europe. The center, founded in February 1995 by feminists and scholars who had attained an expertise in training of and dealing with feminist and women's issues, provides its students with an understanding and critical reflection of issues that are relevant and important to women and to society as a whole.

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CENTRE FOR PEACE STUDIES
Nazorova 1
Zagreb

http://www.cms.hr/

Proposal: Street of the construction of peace

Short explanation: Construction of peace is a concept of peace policy that rises ever more often in international as well as interior governmental discourse. For example, the UN founded the Committee for the construction of peace whose member recently is also the Republic of Croatia. CMS (Center for Peace Studies) is one of the initiators for delivering the platform for the construction of peace-a policy document offered to signing to the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

Organizational profile: The purpose for establishing and operation of the Center for Peace Studies is the promotion and support of the values of non-violence, social justice, respect of human rights, tolerance and acceptance of differences and diversities. It uses participative processes of learning that include interchange, articulation and consideration of practical experiences of those individuals that want to work on the transformation of conflicts and construction of socio-legislative relations.

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MULTIMEDIA INSTITUTE
Preradoviceva 18
10 000 Zagreb

http://www.mi2.hr/

Proposal: "Street of Renamed Streets" or "Square of Renamed Squares"

Explanation: In the 1990s the the cabinet of Croatian President Franjo Tudjman
Took the decision to rename The Square of the Victims of Fascism as The Square of The Great Men of Croatia. After massive protests this decisision was taken back and the name of the square is again The Square of the Victims of Fascism.

Organizational profile: Multimedia Institute is a Zagreb-based organization working on social approaches to digital technologies, media activism, social theory and cultural policy. Locally it is primarily known through activities of its public space - net.culture club MAMA, while internationally through its free software/culture activities.

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TRAVNO - MY NEIGHBORHOOD
Božidara Magovca 23
10 000 Zagreb

Proposal: to re-name the main street of Travno - Božidara Magovca - into: STREET OF PROFESSION IN CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Short explanation: Travno is a large prefabricated housing area. The biggest building with about 6.000 inhabitants is called "Mamutica". Behind the building is a meadow, a green area that was designed as a park for the inhabitants.
In 2006 a part of this area became a building site for a catholic church. The initiative Travno - My Neighborhood does not agree with this development, because there would be other places for a church, that do not occupy the green space of the inhabitants. The renaming is dedicated to the officials, who made the unlucky decision possible.

Organizational profile and aims: We were firstly a citizen initiative, but we decided to organize to NGO to become a subject by decision-making through the bodies of local self-government in the questions of our neighbourhood. The aim is to improve the quality of life for all, in particular for children, youth and older people.

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Organization for culture and social equality - "Refleks"
Nova cesta 60
10 000 Zagreb

Proposal: Rename "Bloody Bridge" into "Alley of love and life"

Short argumentation: It is maybe not surprising: walking the town we perceive reminders of what could roughly be put in the category of history / science / reason. This proposal should remind that feelings / art / culture etc. also play a huge role in life and it should motivate people to love themselves and others, everyone and everything. (How is it possible being filled with hate to wish freedom, peace, happiness, dignity… to everybody? It seems that this town lack warmth and empathy...)

profile of organization: Organization for culture and social equality - "Refleks" is non-governmental, non-for-profit youth organization registered in 2006. The mission is to intercede for social values such as freedom, equality, peace-building, solidarity, tolerance, social justice, human dignitiy, equality of nationas, religions, sexes etc.

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