Architecture for Peace: Help build Peace in a divided Bosnia & Herzegovina

This workshop will center around a 2-week on-site residency in the war-torn Prijedor region of Bosnia & Herzegovina between July 18th and July 29th. The workshop will build on the form from previous workshops within the framework of the Global Free Unit (GFU) in Russia, Greece and Turkey. Participants will work with the charity organization Most Mira and their Peace Centre project, planned for construction in 2022. The centre was co-designed with architecture students from Bosnia & Herzegovina, EU, the UK, and actors from the local community through a participatory workshop programme. The project demonstrates how sustainable architecture can provide a framework for reconciliation.

1. Adriana Keast _ Most MiraParticipating in this workshop, you will work alongside students from Bosnia & Herzegovina and learn how to work resourcefully and collaboratively to design and prototype innovative building components, materials and furniture for the Centre. You will also work on a wider reconciliation strategy of small-scale architectural interventions throughout the disjointed rural landscape.

Participants will be hosted by Most Mira and the local community and will need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs in affordable accommodation.

The projects/outcomes will be presented to Most Mira and neighboring communities as "reconciliation gifts".

Covid-19 note: This workshop can be adapted to an online or blended learning course, should this be necessary due to travel restrictions brought about by the covid-19 pandemic. International students will work closely with local students, which also gives some flexibility for an online course to be supported with on-site activities by locally based teachers and students in the case of covid travel restrictions.

Responsible teacher:
Robert Mull, Visiting professor at Umeå School of Architecture 

Additional teachers:
Sangram Shirke, lecturer at Umeå School of Architecture
Amalia Katopodis, lecturer at Umeå School of Architecture
Vernes Causevic, Project V Architecture, University of Sheffield School of Architecture
Lucy Dinnen, Project V Architecture, University of Sheffield School of Architecture

Caption and credits for Image above: Architecture students from BiH, EU and the UK building rammed earth prototypes on the Most Mira Peace Centre site in Prijedor at a summer residency led by Project V Architecture and international rammed earth experts Lehm Ton Erde from Austria. Photo credit: Adriana Keast / Most Mira.