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Transition in a social sense is a change from one system into another Globally the modernist paradigm changed to the post-modern with the disappearance of central authorities universal dogmas and foundational ethics The post-modern world introduced fragmentation instability indeterminacy and insecurity Architectural responses to these conditions occurred as a semantic nightmare of the post-modern discourse andor the attempted completion of the modern project Locally in Croatia transition occurred as a quantum leap from the Socialist one-party state-controlled market system into a capitalist parliamentary democratic free-market system In 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall disappeared the raison detre of the buffer zone known as Yugoslavia A Pandoras box of political nightmares was opened Yugoslavia disintegrated into 5 new independent nation-states Slovenia Croatia Bosnia- Herzegovinia Yugoslavia Serbia and Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia The surprising national optimism and excitement upon which these states were formed quickly back-fired The war in the beginning of the 1990s completely destroyed the Croatian economy especially the tourist industry The war in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the mid-1990s transformed Croatia into an enormous refugee camp The compounded effects of war and transition of the political and economic system in fact placed Croatia amongst the levels of Third World countries A corresponding cultural transition returned Croatia to the romantic nationalist sentiments of the mid-19th century The transitional field within the Croatian architectural profession of the 1990s was widened to surrealistic dimensions while a simultaneous narrowing of actual realizations occurred In order to survive architects had to fundamentally change their status and role within society The architect was no longer a gentleman with bow-tie and cigar waiting for a patron to develop canonical national institutions of historical importance Randic-Turato are able to anticipate and transform this transitional atmosphere An Architecture of Transition is a way of intervening in the new market conditions where the role assignments are no longer grounded in the established state-regulated economy The architect becomes an extra a
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