Interpollution at Work

discussion between Miljenko Domijan and Idis Turato

The dispute of the professions of architecture and conservation-restoration is one of the unavoidable places of the building practice and discourses on space management, which include myths and prejudices characteristic for the declining modernization project. On the one hand, there is the myth of an architect as a creative genius whose visions surpass the imaginational abilities of other participants of the building process and the stereotype of a conservator-restorer as a reactionary administrative figure who stands in the way of the architect’s visions and thus obstructs the progress of the society. On the other hand, heritage is understood as the base of identity that should be protected from the pressures of architectural creative ambitions and market economy. However, due to the changes that have occurred in the last decade, mostly under the influence of the economic crisis; from questioning the ecological aspect of new developments and opting for the recycling of the inherited material; from channelling the author expression into the sphere of reconstruction to the different perception of the role of an architect in the chain of production and searching for new models of the division of work at the studies and the construction site; topics of protection and reconstruction of the building heritage have become the place of a live theoretical discussion and practical experiments. These topics are especially important in the local context, where heritage has a crucial role in the construction of the national identity, but also the national, tourism-oriented economy. Architect Idis Turato and conservator-restorer Miljenko Domijan discussed architecture and conservation-restoration, heritage and identity, construction and tourism for Oris magazine at the recently restored Rector’s Palace in Zadar.