BELGRADE DESIGN CONFERENCE / SMART CULTURE

10am (OK, maybe just a bit later than that :), the second day of belgrade design week’s conference begins. Again we share with you the impression of our friends from designed.rs (spiced with our own comments quite a bit). As they saw it, if the first day was “spectacular”, the second day was “full with joy!” So, here it is…

As we have famously overrun our schedule on Thursday, we had to ask a few kind speakers to open today’s session, instead of having the privillege to close last night’s. We hereby wish to thank again the gentlemen Borgesi and remmers for being so flexible with BDW 2010.

Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!

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