growing without supervision or restraint, not domesticated, cultivated
or tamed, the Wild City is what may be called the urban paradigm of contemporary
Belgrade. During a decade of instability, emergent processes replaced
the city's primary systems in domains of trade, housing production and
public services. Where many saw only visual chaos, the city's ability
to persist in its functioning provoked us to view it rather as a dynamic
entity, a complex adaptive system. As an enclave excluded from global
connections, it proved the ultimate laboratory in which 'emergent' behavior
could be studied - to witness this new, mutated layer overtaking cities,
land, structures and waters.
Through the Wild City research, ways of observing complex phenomena and
taxonomies to register their behavior are developed. It focuses on processes,
the unfolding of events in time rather than particular physical instances.
The research indicates how nearly all of the processes - ranging from
street trade to city transport, conflict and negotiation between individual
actors and institutions - give rise to unusual relations and urban typologies.
Overall comparisons of behaviors brought an exciting discovery: a pattern
of similarity in their sequences that can be called 'urban genes'.Parts
of 'The Wild City - Genetics of Uncontrolled Urban Processes' have been
presented at the Mutations Exhibition (USE) in Bordeaux, as well as in
Brussels, Japan, at the Berlin Beta 2001 Conference, at V2_Wiretap Program
(Rotterdam) and as a proposal to the City Planning Department of Belgrade.
Wild City forms the content of the DataCloud 2.0 browser, currently developed
by V2_Lab and ArchiNed.
The Stealth Group are: Ana Dzokic, Marc Neelen, Milica Topalovic and Ivan
Kucina. They have initiated and assembled several joint projects, beginning
with the Projekt X Workshop which explored the *edge-condition* of Belgrade
during its most difficult times. The flux between Belgrade and Rotterdam,
the simultaneity of research at the Berlage Institute (Rotterdam) and
the debut of the Stealth Group, have been one of the main forces of this
collaboration, allowing for an evolved understanding of *hometown*.Stealth
Group continues its research of wild, uncontrolled processes in the city
structure, introducing them into the architectural field in order to build
tools for dealing with spatial forms of constant social change.