Ninth Architectural Workshop Mostar 2004 and Symposium, Mostar, 16-27 July 2003

The ninth annual session of the Mostar 2004 program was organised with the following components:


The symposium focused on the impact and the value of activities realised within the framework of the rebuilding of Mostar since 1994. It compared Mostar’s progress with the experiences of other cities facing similar challenges, addressed the economic dimension of cultural heritage protection in Mostar as part of a long term development strategy; explored capacity-building strategies for communications, fundraising, non-profit management; and education initiatives as urban economic generators.


The workshop involved graduate and diploma students and their professors from close to 20 universities. They presented their works related to Mostar produced since September 2002, and worked on developing two selected projects (the City Museum and the Mostar-Campus City).

Children and Heritage session (organised in collaboration with Step by Step Sarajevo). The ongoing work of Children's Outreach was presented in order to demonstrate the importance of education at all levels and the potential for introducing new ideas about cooperation to be promoted in Bosnian society.

Tolerance and Heritage session (organised by BRIDGE Project)

Picturing Mostar session (organised in a collaboration with the Gary Otte-Photographer Ltd., Canada)

The opening session of the 9th Mostar 2004 Architectural Workshop was held on 17 July at the Youth Centre in Mostar, in presence of H.E. Mr. Sulejman Tihic, member of the Presidency Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also present were: H.E. the Minister Mr. Safet Halilovic, the Mayor of Mostar Mr. Hamdija Jahić, representatives of architectural academic and cultural circles and the press. The opening session started with the Mostar 2004 workshop summary by Arch. Dr. Amir Pasic. Then, Mr. Sulejman Tihic gave an address, in which he expressed his appreciation of the Mostar 2004 project which is jointly organized by City of Mostar and IRCICA. Subsequently, Mr. Safet Halilovic addressed the meeting. Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, Director General of IRCICA, gave a speech, recalling that IRCICA was one of the first international institutions to undertake research and restoration activities relating to Bosnia and Herzegovina. He said that from the very beginning, the program won recognition in the international academic circles concerned and soon became a widely known focal point for reconstruction studies.

He also noted that IRCICA for its part will carry out its diverse activities in this field; among them, the reconstruction of some monuments under IRCICA’s coordination continues. Thus the reconstruction of Karadzozbegova Mosque, which was designed by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan in the 16th century and is considered as the best mosque in Mostar, will be initiated this year. Other activities continue as well, such as assistance to the restoration of library and archive collections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, promoting the participation of academicians, artists and other parties in the congresses and competitions organised by IRCICA, among others.

Opening Ceremony of Karadgozbeg Mosque

Before the opening ceremony of the workshop, Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu and the Mayor of Mostar Mr. Hamdija Jahic officiated the opening ceremony of Karadgozbeg Mosque which was already under reconstruction. Prof. İhsanoğlu expressed his gratitude to H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Zaki Yamani, Chairman, Al-Furqan Foundation (London), for having provided the necessary funding for the reconstruction, and also recapitulated the contributions of İSAR Foundation in the follow-up of the project; he also expressed his pleasure that it had thus become possible to restore this important monument designed by the great architect Mimar Sinan.


The symposium was held on 17-19 July, according to the following program:

Session 1
Mostar: the first 10 years of post-war rehabilitation
Moderator: Jerilynn Dodds (architect, historian of art), Speakers: Ziyad Demirovic (Director of the Preservation Institute of Mostar), Rusmir Cisic (Director of PCU), Zeljko Pekovic (restorator), Judith Bing (Drexel University, Philadelphia).

Session 2
Reconstruction programs in cities with similar destinies
Moderator: Randall Mason (University of Maryland), Speakers: Meron Benvenisti, on divided cities like Jerusalem, Belfast, Mostar, Jon Calame (architect) and Esther Charlesworth (architect).

Session 3
Restoration case studies providing guidelines
Moderator: Bratislav Pantelic (Sabancı University, Istanbul), Speakers: Prof. Lazar Sumanov (Director of ICOMOS, Macedonia), Asija Sadiq (Ned University-Karachi), Christophe Polack (architect, Belgium), Prof. Pantelic (art historian)

Session 4
Large-scale implementation of Mostar as a campus city
This session was an introduction to the workshop studies. Prof. Amir Pasic, and Prof. Emir Fejzic (Sarajevo University), discussed about how to approach to Mostar as a campus city; the participants who worked on the area before put forward different ideas.

Session 5
Economics of cultural asset protection
In this session, Snejzana Derviskadic, who is working for IBM, presented the topic ‘Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage’.

Session 6
Capacity-building for future reconstruction in Mostar
Panelists: Jonathan Wilkenfeld (University of Maryland), Susan Raymond (economist, from "Changing Our World"), Zoran Puljic (from the NGO Development Foundation, Sarajevo), on Mostar’s current situation, from three different perspectives: Dr. Wilkenfeld illustrated Bosnia’s place in the world, as determined by his published report "Peace and Conflict: A Global Survey of Armed Conflicts, Self-Determination Movements and Democracy"; Dr. Raymond discussed the role of non-profit ventures as a tool in strengthening the local sector and encouraging self-sufficiency. Finally, Mr. Puljic gave a much-needed perspective on what he sees happening in Mostar on the ground.

The workshop

The workshop was scheduled over the period from 20-26 July. Graduate and diploma students and their professors from more than 15 universities presented their works related to Mostar produced since September 2002, and worked on developing two selected projects (the City museum and the Mostar-Campus city) during the workshop.

The program comprised the following presentations:

Presentations by Yıldız Technical University

Birgül Çolakoğlu and her students on the North Campus area.
Ayşen Ciravoğlu and Deniz Önder had a studio for street furniture for Mostar, to improve life conditions.

Presentation by Temple University

Brooke Harrington and his students gave a presentation of the design studio works of spring 2003, on "A New City Museum" for post-war Mostar. The project is all the more significant as the tenth anniversary of the end of the war approaches and Mostar rebuilds itself.

Picturing Mostar Studio

Studio directed by Gary Otte, on architectural photography.

Meeting in the Muslibegovica Complex

Brooke Harrington gave introductory remarks to the workshop studios. Groups were divided into Mostar as Campus city and City Museum.

Picturing Mostar Studio

Gary Otte gave a lecture about the use of light.

Group Discussions

The groups started to work; first they had a tour in North campus and West campus, Old Town and Boulevard areas, as they consider them the key points of the city where communities interact.

Sarajevo University Presentation

Emir Fejzic and his students gave a presentation of their studio work in spring 2003, on commercial design proposals in the new North Campus Area of Mostar, comprising housing, university, sports and commercial zones.

Bari University Presentation

A thesis on "A typological Study of Traditional Ottoman-Balkan House in Mostar" was presented. Students of Attilio Petruccioli at Bari University presented their studio works covering the reconstruction of Boulevard area.

Parallel to these presentations, the works of the groups continued until the closing of the workshop.