The book from Biserka Ilijašev, Kikinda, CENTURIES ARE PASSING BY – THE CITY REMAINS, by its approach, content and character, from the usual monograph grew into a unique and comprehensive, "novel about the town of Kikinda“, which has been running for 250 years. «Novel of Kikinda» is a multi-layered book with parallel stories about the emerging, duration and changing of the city, which intertwine, interlink and cross-over in space and time. Such structured book simultaneously demands reading «from cover to cover» (because it is an integral, indivisible and interesting story about the city and its duration) and allows reading of its chapters as a separate and complete «story» that exposes the city of Kikinda from different aspects .

Biserka Ilijašev reminds all of us - urbanists, workers and activists of the profession - of the ancient truth that our profession and business is as successful and attractive as our cities and regions are harmonious, beautiful and organised, and when there is no urban planning, we have archaic, unregulated, and jarring areas such as today- unfinished, "illegal" and unplanned built spaces. This book also reminds us that everything is transitory, because centuries pass and the city remains.

Prof. Dr. Miodrag Ralevic, BA of Architecture, Belgrade


There are probably a lot of written books about Banat in various fields, from those about architectural heritage, historical, monographical?, or natural resources, to the unavoidable Mika Antic, who sang about and with Banat, but none of them have presented so comprehensively the urban development of one of its parts.

This book is neither a novel or a textbook. It is a gift to Kikinda for its 250 years of continuity and recognition from the urbanist who has lived there, worked there and loved it. With its extensiveness and valueable materials and views, the book is a real asset, which should adorn historical archive of Kikinda, technical book departments of many libraries and other cultural institutions. I was in Kikinda many times. And every time it seemed to me that its urban harmony would be difficult to repeat, and hard to find its architecture in other places. If this book, at least awakens the desire in urbanist, who never saw Kikinda, to go there , then I think  that there was a reason for this large effort put into it.

LJILJANA Stamenkovic, BA of  Architecture, Kragujevac


1. Location and characteristics of areas

2. Creation

3. Planning documents on urban development

4. Important dates in formation of identity of settlement

5. Attributes

Urban identifiers (square, streets, urban entities, courtyard) Architectural identifiers (house, architectural heritage, modern architecture, important objects) specific identifiers (symbols, habits and customs of inhabitants)

6. From ancestors for youth of Kikinda

7. To Kikinda with respect and love

Town plan Velika Kikinda (Great Kikinda) from 1880.

Sports and recreation center plan, "Jezero", 1995.  author, architect B. Ilijašev


Characteristics of the urban matrix referred to as «one-road» village
Cultural District - a historical entity in Kikinda, declared as the protected area and the surroundings with buildings, 2003.
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