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Holidays After the Fall Lecture by Michael Zinganel, March 7 at UC San Diego

Lecture by Michael Zinganel

Holidays After the Fall
History and Transformation of the Seaside Paradise in Bulgaria and Croatia

When: March 7, 2014, 3 p.m.

Location: Department of Visual Arts, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0104
La Jolla, California 92093-0104

Every summer season, the sun-drenched coasts of Bulgaria and Croatia turn into densely inhabited, intensively exploited tourism industry hotspots. This lecture traces the various architectural and urban planning strategies pursued there since the mid 1950s, in order first to create then to further develop modern holiday destinations. It portrays (late-) modern tourism architecture and resorts of a remarkable quality and typological diversity, which have persisted both as a playground for the domestic labour force and as a viable product on the international market. Yet the lecture focuses above all on how, in the wake of political change and the privatization of business, individual resorts and outstanding buildings have been economically and physically restructured, in a myriad of ways, leaving a legacy of deserted ruins, cautious renovations, exorbitant conversions and on-going public protest.

Thanks to President Tito’s third way policy coastal tourism at the Croatian Adriatic coast was developed with huge financial and logistic support by the West. Therefore you can find strange joint ventures here, including the American Penthouse magazine. Several international planners had been involved in an extensive United Nations funded development programme for entire coastline of Yugoslavia, reflecting economic and planning doctrines of that period. After the collapse of tourism industry during war time from 1991 to 1995 and the delayed privatisation process tourism industry got under control of a view powerful groups, families close to the former president, affluent Croats from the Diaspora who helped during war time, and Austrian financial companies, that had been commissioned to manage coupon privatisation.

Michael Zinganel lives and works as architecture theorist, cultural historian, curator and artist in Vienna. He had studied Architecture at Graz University of Technology and History at the Vienna University. He had been research fellow at IFK (Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften) in Vienna in 2003. Exhibitions and projects include Real Crime: The productivity of Crime for Architecture and Urban Design, also his PHD dissertation published in fall 2003. With Peter Spillmann and Michael Hieslmair he worked on various aspects of urban and transnational mobility, mass tourism and migration, specializing in 3-dimensional network-installations exhibited e.g. at Shrinking Cities II GfzK Leipzig (2005), Open Cities, the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (2009), and the European Capital of Culture, Ruhr.2010. He had taught at various universities and academies, e.g. 2011/12 at the postgraduate academy of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (from 2011-12), before he co-founded the independent research institute Tracing Spaces, based in Vienna. Since 2014 he is Associate Research Scientist and Principal Investigator of the project “Stop and Go: Nodes of Transformation and Transition” about East European Traffic Corridors at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Photos: Lost Bulgaria 1965 / Daniele Ansidei 2012

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