New urban topology in Beirut and Mostar
The project is focused on two cities that have been historically under the constant influence of the wealth of cultures and the fragmentation of society.
One multicultural city retains its opportunities and challenges, cultural wealth and the fragmentation of society. The project “New Urban topology – Mostar and Beirut” (spring / fall 2014) focuses on two cities that have been historically under the constant influence of these questions, two cities which are often switch between interaction and fragmentation, Beirut (Lebanon) and Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The program is financially supported by the Swedish lottery, executed by the Foundation Färgfabriken from Stockholm, and Monstar in the Partnership with Local Democracy Agency in cooperation with the City of Mostar.
Like other cities, Beirut grew out of the Civil War and the invasion and regained its economic development over and over. However bulky urban development projects undertaken by the private in recent years, very rarely are rooted in the real needs of the citizens. In the meantime, a city of Beirut and its development is strongly characterized by the division between the different ethnic groups in the country.
Mostar is also a city strongly defined physical and mental divisions, many years of war, the city is divided between Bosniaks and Croats. The legacy of the war is still very present, and undoubtedly the most common in the very center of the city – the District, which represents an empty urban buffer zone between the city’s ethnic communities.
By training institutions and individuals who are involved in culture, to take an active and stratigijsku role in the field of urban planning, ” New urban topology “will promote sustainable urban development and Democrat in Mostar and Beirut. This project will provide much needed cross-border dialogue within cities and between different sectors of society.
The experience of the “New Urbania topology – Mostar and Beirut” will be presented at the exhibition in the autumn of 2014 in both cities, with special emphasis on the process of urbanization and urban solutions that enable integration. The joint exhibition in the autumn of 2014 Färgfabriken will accentuate and emphasize ideas and experiences from Beirut and Mostar and other cities whose experiences are also actively involved in the project.