The tale of the everyday life of the post-Yugoslav cities and socialist modern mass housing narrated through the eyes of the privatised and self-modified apartments. In the last three decades, hundreds of thousands of individuals contested the original architectural design of modernist mass housing objects across the former Yugoslavia by self-modifying their dwellings and illegally glazing their balconies.
Apartment Biographies visits the lives of these rebel residents and describes the contemporary intimate rituals of converting housing into a home. These individual residential portraits bring to light the perplexed love affair between people and dwellings, contemporary morals and ethics and new housing typologies. This is a thought-provoking story that defends housing as home, dwells on the future role of architects and stands for an innovative multi-disciplinary research method. Apartment Biographies serves as a gentle reminder that, even in the most turbulent times, one is entitled to dream: everyone is an architect of our own destiny, even when the good life of ours comes in a form of a glazed balcony.