STEALTH.unlimited is an architectural practice based in Rotterdam and Belgrade which challenges conventional notions about the limits of architectural practice. Their focus is intensely on ‘common’ spaces – those shared by both the private and the public. Founded in 2000 by Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen, the group seeks to explore thinking on shared futures and culture. The two founders were initially trained as architects, but have since diversified into a wide range of cultural advocacy projects.
The group has developed interactive installations in Rotterdam, public art in Sweden, and a cultural development node in Medellin, among many others projects. They have collaborated extensively with cultural and educational partners, including the Netherlands Institute of Architecture and the University of Sheffield.
While many of their earlier projects were more piecemeal and experimental, the group has more recently embarked on longer term projects in both Rotterdam and Belgrade.
In 2010, the group has been one of the initiators of a long-term initiative in Belgrade called Ko Gradi Grad (Who Builds the City). They began with a community-based process to attempt to include the voices that had been excluded by rampant, profit-driven development. Similarly, in 2014 they co-initiated ‘City in the Making’ in Rotterdam – a project that takes abandoned buildings and attempts to convert them to productive use. Their process is straightforward: they take buildings off the market, convert them to affordable housing or workspace, designate the common areas free of rent, and democratically organize the administration of the building. Their projects are always self-organized and self-authorized.
The group has been lauded internationally for their progressive and diverse portfolio. We honor them here for their consistent provocations about how architecture can be practiced and how cities can be repurposed.