This project takes its departure in the Marshal Tito Barracks in Sarajevo,
Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The chosen site, housing several damaged and abandoned buildings, is currently in the process of redevelopment; a municipal plan has been laid out, clearing the area of all existing built stock and envisioning a self-referential campus quarter.
I argue that a city with such a profound history deserves more than a tabula rasa treatment of one of its most central and historically important locations.
The site holds the potential of building on the richness of Sarajevo’s urban tissue – from its vernacular building traditions to the major architectural shifts throughout its history – all while giving a crucial architectural address of the post-war present.
Thus, this proposal is neither a mere beautification project nor a strategic developent plan. Instead, it aims to address a context, where a literal and architectural void has been left in the wake of the war; and subsequently the architectural response – as the following mapping and analysis will substantiate – has been
This proposal advocates against amnesia and suggest that memory, as embodied in urban form, holds a potential that deserves more than a mere erasure.
The wounded city holds a potential I wish to explore in terms of dealing with the tension between agony and amnesia; the memory of war and brutality – which has inevitably become an identity of the city – and the wish for progress and stepping out of the shadows of conflict.
The scope of the project is an overall masterplan for – and programming of – the Marshal Tito Barracks with a special emphasis on the historical layers and the uncomfortable inheritance of the Bosnian War.
The main theme in these explorations will be architecture’s ability to coin connotations, and the possibilities of an architecture born from an agony vs. amnesia dialectic.