The Vardar river is today dotted with new constructions – buildings that are white and diverse, experimenting with many shapes and sizes, like in a sampling book. A roman cupola here, a classical pediment there, yet without a roof behind it. Is it neo-renaissance or baroque? Is it postmodern? What is it that connects them? They are very different, they don’t speak to each other, yet they speak to us. They make an allusion to an abstract antiquity or eclecticism, an antiquity freed of any constraints, rules or proportions.

Within the scope of this research project, we will explore the meanings, materials and audiences of these projects, and consider their connection to populism and to politics of nation building. On this page we will upload maps, data, photographs and other outputs of the research.