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Re-constructing Sarajevo: Negotiating socio-political complexity

Posted on: 4 November 2014
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Together with local academic and institutional partners, the London School of Economics Cities Programme co-ordinated a research orientated fieldtrip to Sarajevo. Learning from a multidisciplinary cohort of speakers, the discourse stretched across themes from history and politics, to architecture, urban planning and migration. This knowledge exchange, shared between a group of LSE master students and University of Sarajevo PhD candidates, offered a mirror to reflect on the city’s challenges and opportunities in the aftermath of twentieth century socialism and war. Further confronted by intensifying changes in global economic trends, its political, social and spatial conditions constitute a future of uncertainty in the practice of city-making today. In bringing to light a city that is both investing and reflecting on the long-term impacts of urban transformation, the publication hopes to contribute to improving an understanding of the contested urban reality brought about by profound socio-political complexity. The publication reconstructs in academic essays, written dialogues and urban design proposals how the city has evolved over time, across different powers, cultures, influences and points of collision, while recognising how they are beginning to metamorphosize in the current age.

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