Dinko Peračić and Miranda Veljačić, members of Platforma 9.81, live and work in Split, Croatia.
Platforma 9.81 is a Croatian group of architects, theorists, designers and urban planners. Founded in 1999 as a non-governmental organisation its aim has been to generate interdisciplinary debate on the culture of urban spaces, digitalization of the environment, effects of globalization, and shift in architectural practices. They have examined, for example, the layers in the urban fabric of Zagreb and its recent building projects, which reveal shifts in ideological, cultural and power structures induced by the leap from communism to capitalism (Super Private).
Part of the group has concentrated on the Croatian coast and islands. In the project Tourist Transformation Dinko Peračić and Miranda Veljačić have researched the rapid changes marked by global capital and tourism during the past decade. Their work has been driven by an interest in the transformations tangible in the built environment, such as the differing expectations, desires and experiences of the locals and the tourists, or the seasonal fluctuations in the everyday. Their practice traces thus the precarious balance between the environment and its habitants, the permanent residents and the visitors. They reflect on what may be the tomorrow’s landscape and culture of the area desirable due to its still relatively untouched nature.
Peračić and Veljačić have previously done a project also in another island location, the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway. The Weather Project focused on the weather, its different yet as acute significance to the visitors and the locals alike. Their proposal for a range of applications, from a pocketsize souvenir to a lighthouse, suggested ways of communicating and sharing these experiences and meanings.
Platforma 9.81 (Peračić ja Veljačić) took part in the discussion Economy: Nets to the Future organized by CAA at the Archipelago Centre Korpoström in the Autumn 2010. They initiated debate on how tourism can offer positive potential for the local community, e.g. generate multifunctional public spaces and services. They are currently doing research on the different notions, regulations and traditions of public and private that affect the relationship of the communities with the surrounding sea in the three archipelagos of Croatia, Lofoten and Turku.