The Laboratoy of Reality

author Vjenceslav Richter
written by Ana Bedenko


Vjenceslav Richter dedicated his major theoretical work Sinturbanizam (Synthurbanism), written in 1964, to the engaged youth. Already here the trust in the educational mission and achievements of future generations can be seen that will encroach upon the established course of life and profoundly change it. But what remains of Richter's visionary thinking today? In what direction have the author's central concepts of synthesis and system developed? It seems that Richter, for all his resistance to visionariness, still possessed a certain prophetic gift when he stated that, given the bureaucratic obstacles and disincentive environment, architecture was in danger of staying at the level of routine service activity.