BROKEN HOME Post-Disaster City and Injured Territories: Sarajevo. | Lab Talk in Berlin, October 5

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The first session of the new ANCB programme BROKEN HOME_Post-Disaster City and Injured Territories will focus on challenges and opportunities for the city of Sarajevo.

After the Wall had fallen in Berlin, the collapse of Yugoslavia and the Balkan wars in the 1990s led to a fractured territory of Sarajevo. The conflict left the city in ruins, erasing possible long-term benefits of the successful 1984 Winter Olympics for urban transformation.

Decades later, the city is still divided, but architecture, culture and public spaces are becoming drivers for the development of the first General Urban Plan shaped by an alliance of the City, regional government and international universities together with a new generation of local architects, urban designers and planners. Their aim is to re-generate Sarajevo as a multi-cultural, ethnically diverse, and religiously inclusive cosmopolitan heart of Southeastern Europe.

This Lab Talk will introduce a selection of projects from Sarajevo’s 100 Ideas for the Western Balkan exhibition and create an open dialogue with key figures from Sarajevo and Berlin. To achieve this exchange, ETHZ and Urbanthinktank_next developed the Studio Mobil, a mobile research unit, which will make a stop-over in the Aedes courtyard to capture visitors’ thoughts and ideas and to create a collective process. The Lab Talk will also present the new Architectural Guide Sarajevo by DOM Publishers, which explores 150 landmarks, buildings and projects over the last century. 

Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin 
Denise Quistorp, Director, Austrian Cultural Forum, Berlin

Keynote Lecture 
Hubert Klumpner and Michael Walczak, ETHZ and Urbanthinktank_next, Curators of the 15th Days of Architecture Sarajevo, Zurich 

Senka Ibrišimbegović, UNSA/Architectural Faculty Sarajevo and Director of ARS AEVI Art Museum, Sarajevo
Dimitri Hegemann, Founder Tresor Berlin, Happy Locals, Berlin
Nedim Mutevelić, UNSA/Architectural Faculty Sarajevo, Co-Founder Days of Architecture, Sarajevo
Nermina Zagora, Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, UNSA/Architectural Faculty Sarajevo, Partner Studio Firma, Sarajevo

Panel Discussion and Poster Exhibition at the Studio Mobil 
moderated by Hubert Klumpner


SARAJEVO ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE. Buildings and Projects since 1923 
Edited by LIFT Sarajevo | Nedim Mutevelić, Irhana Šehović, Dunja Krvavac, Jasmin Sirčo, Senka Ibrišimbegović, Irfan Salihagić, Edin Sarić, Farah Zubović, Zerina Salketić, and Edin Zoletić | with further contributions by Hubert Klumpner and Michael Walczak
DOM Publishers
134 × 245 mm | 240 pages | 550 images | Softcover
ISBN 978-3-86922-381-0

Discover the architectural wonders of Sarajevo, a city that bears the vivid scars of its complex history. From hosting the 1984 Winter Olympics to enduring a brutal civil war in the 1990s, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina has woven its tumultuous past into its urban fabric. Today, this modern metropolis harmoniously combines the remnants of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian influence along with the striking architecture of the Yugoslav socialist era.

The publication will be available during the event. 


BROKEN HOME_Post-Disaster City and Injured Territories 
In the coming years, the ANCB programme will explore post-disaster approaches while engaging socially just, future-oriented, sustainable, and ecologically sensible solutions. Cities are sites for civil resistance and protest movements, but also for conflicts, natural and man-made disasters, which destroy people’s homes and habitat. These cities and regions continue to bear the marks of their eventful and often violent history, thus creating an obstacle for their inhabitants to overcome the status quo and return to a better quality of life and stable conditions. Architecture and urban planning are increasingly faced with the task of developing and implementing specific solutions for challenging requirements such as security, supply, migration, participation and the recreation of areas of habitat and comfort.

Generously supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin and the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs

Text and Image: The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory,