“MaPS. Mastering Public Space”
A collaborative research network on cities and urbanity
After first day participating at MaPS programm Ana sent us a short impression about:
„I was part of discussion with Darko Radović as coordinator and the main topic was „Creative solution for social engagement in public space“. It was very nice to experience the other cities through their stories, ideas, problems.. . although we are all coming from different parts of world, we have been able to catch up on each other stories about public space and its meaning. It is important to get aware of the fact who are of silent actors in society and what are they needs. other aspect of urbanity in public space is time how long does it take that time shapes our neighborhood?
It is not enough to offer solution but to get the know the problem and live it all the time by giving various scenarios of improvement soft infrastructure is playing an important role to make that scenarios possible. it does not take too long to shape it but it contributes the life quality.“
Thank you Ana and we wish you all the best at today’s presentation of Mostar!
Second Day in Rome
Today city of Mostar was presented and Ana did great job and here are few of her impressions:
“The event took place at MAXXI Rome and we were all honored to be in space that has a big reputation in the world of architecture. It is a unique feeling to present in such kind of object. The first part were the presentations from Europe with different thematic. No one had similar way of approaching to mapping. From different point of views we all have been able to discover new tool and methods of encompassing the public space.
I have liked the most the presentation from Bologna cause of its futuristic approach of mapping space through new 3d software’s that enable the reconstruction of antique sights.
On the other side were the posters with various ways of showing the city spaces.
For sure the most interesting were the Manfredo Manfredini and Darko Radović because of their way of presenting and involving the audience to show feedback.
It is too bad that it lasts only one day, because it is not possible to catch up on all topics and get clear impressions.
Hopefully the next MaPS will be a bit longer.”
And ADA Center hopes that we will be able to host one of next phases of MaPS project in Mostar at ADA center itself.
“MaPS. Mastering Public Space” is an Italian project promoted by City Space
Architecture, a non-profit cultural association based in Bologna, Italy.MaPS is a collaborative research network involving more than 25 leading Universities and institutions, together with scholars, academic professors, city managers, designers, artists and citizens, all around the world, intended to promote a critical reflection on public space, in a multidisciplinary field of action. MaPS is part of an international debate on cities, public space and urbanity. It is a network of cities from Argentina, United States of America, Canada, Italy, Spain,
Greece, Crete, Germany, UK, Sweden, Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
MaPS works on education, research and innovative, human-oriented design.
MaPS involves scholars together with undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from:
National Technical University of Athens, Greece / University of Auckland, New Zealand / Thammasat University, Thailand / UPC – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain / QUT – Queensland University of Technology, Australia / Universidad de Palermo, Argentina / Lebanese American University, Lebanon / University of Canberra, Australia / Illinois Institute of Technology, USA / Università di Bologna, Italia / The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China / Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts, Israel / Taylor’s University, Malaysia / University of Nicosia, Cyprus / Carleton University, Canada / KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden / co+labo, Keio University, Japan / Università degli studi di Firenze, Italy / National Taiwan University, Taiwan and professionals from:
Barcelona / Beirut / Berlin / Bologna / London / Mostar / Tripoli
and non-profit cultural associations such as:
International Society of Biourbanism / Labirinto: Culture e Civiltà Mediterranee
Maps are what everyone uses to find a place, to understand or to explain the morphology and geography of the public domain. Maps are a tool and a resource. They are made of cities and people, buildings and public spaces. The aim of MaPS is to deliver open-minded maps, filling the voids with intangible meanings and unpredictable urban experiences, telling the story of the contemporary public life in cities, all around the world.
ADA Center will promote Mostar within this project with the follwoing reserch paper:
Mapping Mostar – Urban Synapse
Cand.PhD Senada Demirović Habibija, Senior adviser for Urban planning
Cand.M.A. Ana Jugović, University of Technology Vienna, Austria
Keywords: urban synapse, valorization, continuity, city mapping, contemporaneity
The city is permanent and extraordinary human creation, designed in a way to respond to the climate, cultural, commercial, aesthetic and technological needs.
The city is a metaphor for a space that is sewn from pieces of the past, present and future. Often we face the fact that cities, in its accelerated development, lose their identity, washed out of regional, cultural and other characteristics due to new trends. It seems that cities increasingly resemble each other. It stopped the earlier continuity in the development of space, while the integrity of the city, as a single structure got violated. Learning lessons from the past involves primarily strong links with the preliminary settings and not with physical interpretations as their starting point. To obtain harmonious and acceptable environments, it is necessary to understand those relations.
Therefore, it is more important to understand the city than to build it!
One of the methods for city understanding is urban mapping.
Urban mapping, as analytical method believes in a certain kind of objectivity, which is always in such a peculiar environments, such as Mostar, a little harder to fathom.
However, when, and if, you become very sensitive to the context that you analyze you will inevitably become ideologically colored, especially if you try to change it, you will probably get in conflict with the predominant idea of urban mapping.
Our “urban mapping” research process is based on ultimate men’s needs: food and music. Based on this research we valorize narrow urban area of the city which in next stage would take in consideration wider area involving other important subject that build city matrix on both material and non-material level.
Mapping the city produced new language for city reading which overspread on three layers of urban identity and five dimensions of the city:
1st – Material (the city as a physical construction defined through physical parameters)
2nd Social – city as a historical development progress embroidered (Time)
3rd Virtual – the city as a platform of development of the communities (Communication)
In that context we would be able to develop contemporary Mostar matrix.