Things said about the book:

Through texts, pictures and drawings, Biserka Ilijašev directs the reader's attention to doors, gates, and entrances to houses that make Kikinda the city, and adorn it from its beginning through to modern times. With an eye of an expert, researcher, a scholar, and at the same time a lover of urban and architectural themes and issues, Biserka Ilijašev has focused her attention on still preserved asset of different stylistic periods and characteristics in our rich architectural heritage that constitutes the personality and identity of Kikinda and its relationship with middle-European surroundings.

I warmly recommend this book for publication and I expect it in the shop windows of bookstores, o library bookshelves, the desks of architects and in homes, not only of Kikinda citizens. It’s not just materials, not just an inventory of Kikinda's "gems". This is a document of unity and integrity of artistic and cultural meanings and connection of built environment with details and fragments that make up that unity and integrity. It is far more than a collection of traditional craftships, architecture and prosperity of Kikinda and its citizens in the past. This is the base, justification and motive to call for attention to heritage preservation for its great value, endless and possible inspiration, lessons for modern builders. Of course, the book contains all the elements required for professional use, with a summary in English.

Book reviewer

Slobodan Jovanović, BA of Architecture, Novi Sad



Contents

1. FEATURES OF KIKINDA

1.1. PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT

1.2. URBAN AND ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES


2. DOORS – THE ARCHITECTURAL GEM

2.1. AJNFORT

2.2. ENTRANCE DOORS

2.3. DOORS IN THE URBAN ENTITY IN GENERAL DRAPŠINA STREET

2.4. SPECIAL FACILITY BUILDINGS (OFFICE BUILDING, "JEDINSTVO", LEPEDAT

PALACE, THE NATIONAL LIBRARY)

2.5. MATERIALS


3. DOCUMENTS

3.1. DRAWINGS

3.2. PHOTOGRAPHS

3.3. HANDLES


4. IMPRESSIONS

4.1. POWER AND SOPHISTICATION

4.2. THE ART THAT DOESN’T GROW OLD

5. TRADITION THAT INSPIRES


From the book DOORS, ajnfort on 17 Dositejeva Street


DOOR - ARCHITECTURAL GEM OF KIKINDA

Author of an unusual book, Biserka Ilijašev, who has been emotionally and professionally in urban development for four decades writes: "Every day I walk the streets of Kikinda. Every time I walk through them, I find something new. Often I stop in front of the house entrances, gates and ajnforts... "In the multitude of signs with certain meanings, entrance doors send the the initial message and give evidence about the host. It means that these "architectural gems of Kikinda" tell us a story about the city and its citizens, investors' taste, the builders knowledge, skills of  masters - craftsmen, taking example from "Europe" or the capital.

Author has an important merit of a civilized man. She has an "observation habit". The book of "gems of Kikinda", which I truly recommend for printing, is made so that it renews «the culture of observation». The photographed, drawn  and recommended examples are really interesting. Undoubtedly, they are a testimony of their time, skillfully selected. I am especially impressed with the «working sketches».  They show that exhibits in unique gallery should be looked at with dedication and great attention to detail. Indeed, my colleague Ilijašev, wholeheartedly, with knowledge, assembled a unique "time machine" travelling through the history of the city. She directs the attention to «gems» such as decorative fragments carved in  wood, glass, iron and brass. She made those gems unforgettable, almost in their last days.
Book reviewer
Bela Duranci, Art Historian, Subotica


Holding  the manuscript of a valuable book about architectural gems of Kikinda, which the author modestly calls a record of one time, I’m trying to resolve a dilemma - whether the city is fortunate to have an architectural heritage, preserved at such a significant extent in it, or is it even more fortunate that Biserka Ilijašev devoted her life, work and love to it, each word sketch, drawing, photograph, quote absorbing... Education, experience and knowledge, curiousity, confident hand, which easily draws the most complex details of the smallest ornaments, the undisguised warmth and, why not mention, female tenderness, which radiates from every page, without danger of slipping into pathetic - convinced me that Biserka Ilijašev gave us an excellent valuable book, whose significance and beauty will be felt, understood and applied by all who read this book .
Architect - Senior Conservator, Kraljevo


Biserka’s jewels, images from the reflection of the soul and plains. Gates hide backyards, lilacs, geraniums, peace, boredom, decay. Ajnforts smell of quince, shade and sounds of the evening bells. Impressions, ambience, atmosphere, melancholy, memories, returns are shown in her drawings. From gates to gardens, from closing times to opening ajnfort’s in dawns and recollections in the twighlight.
City in us and us in the city.
KOSTA KOSTIC,
Architect, Urbanist, Belgrade
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