Belgrade is one of the largest cities in Europe without a metro. Over the last 85 years or so - against the backdrop of wars, politics and economic constraints - plans for a mass transit system have been made, changed and abandoned on repeat. What is left (apart from a city that critically needs better public transport options) is a series of urban imaginings.
I am interested in what happens when you ground (currently) unrealised metro plans in time, place and human-scale movement. What can we learn by simply going and looking at spaces? What can the sites of proposed stations tell us about money, power, community, connection, (unrealised) potential, and the ephemeral, messy plurality that is any place?
In mid-2023, I mapped, walked and recorded the station locations of two proposed metro networks for Belgrade: the two-line proposal from the 1972 Generalni Urbanistički Plan Beograda and the current three-line plan, published on the website of public utilities company Belgrade Metro and Train (accessed 2023).
The result is photographic recordings of 119 hypothetical station sites spread across Belgrade.