Nenad Miloradovic has entered in the online Ancient history encyclopedia which was rewarded by EU in 2016. His paper from REHVA Journal “Lepenski Vir – the prehistoric energy efficient architecture” is in bibliography and some terms are quoted in the article about Lepenski Vir by Andela Sormaz. This post was published on 5. May 2020.
Neolepenism is a distinctly mathematical architecture. It is based on adaptation of the building to the natural environment, which involves fitting into the geographical, climatic and plant environment and taking into account the impact of solar radiation. This kind of architecture, though new, has deep roots – a practice that was implemented over a long period of time, about 8,000 years ago.
For the architecture of Lepenski Vir, which is a model and inspiration for the new architectural forms proposed in this website, the archaeologist D. Srejović claimed that he had something very mathematical in this. He meant primarily the geometric shape of the base, but at the same time noticed the connection of architecture with the natural environment, that is, with the ambient.
Dragoslav Srejovic wrote in his book about Lepenski Vir: “Due to the marked ‘unhistoriness’ of the architecture of Lepenski Vir, we are tempted to explain the exceptional nature of its forms by specific features of the terrain and space, ie. natural environment. The connection between architecture and ambience is really obvious. (…) The architecture of Lepenski Vir has in itself something extremely mathematical, that is, in its entire forms one can feel the presence of concrete longer and certain numbers. (…) The structure of Lepenski Vir I and Lepenski Vir II (…) corresponds only to the morphology of the city of the distant future. (…) The architecture of Lepenski Vir merely ‘reads’ its surroundings, translates its intricate, condensed contents into an easily understood language…”.
I became interested in Lepenski Vir when I was read the book “Solar Architecture” by Serbian architect Mirjana Lukić, where in one sentence she mentioned Lepenski Vir in the wrong context. It caught my eye, I studied some books from Srejović where the plans of the settlement were, and decided to go to professor Srejović, who was then the vice-president of Serbian Academy of Science and Art, to suggest that since I had found analogies with modern solar houses.
At the very beginning, I reached out to Srejović’s secretary and briefly explained what I noticed. She first thought, since I mentioned heating, that it was concern to the museum building that was built on Lepenski Vir after. When we cleared up, she told me to wait for professor Srejović who was supposed to come.
Academician Srejović, who was the person deserving most merit for discovery the site Lepenski Vir, introduced me to his office and, when he listened to me, said: “Many knowledge has been lost forever.” He inquired about Serbian solar engineer Branko Lalović, and he was the most interested in how those houses looked at the time. He said, “These are all just assumptions.” He even offered me to write an article together on this topic that I was talking about. I took this seriously and by March 1996 I wrote the preliminary communication “The importance of measuring solar radiation at archeological localities” and again went to professor Srejović.
This time he told me that he was in a big crowd and had no time, but he still received a copy of my preliminary communication printed for him. He got sick afterwards. Academician Srejović died the same year, November 29, 1996. Before he died, he signed me the statement that he had read my preliminary communication and called on organizations involved in solar energy research to support my work in order to better explain his findings at Lepenski Vir. That was probably the last recommendation signed by Academician Srejović.