Tag 6: The search for beauty goes on

This day was one of the most productive ones during the whole research trip, as we managed to analyse up to three different areas. This time we didn’t choose any places that we’ve never been to, but rather areas that were already known to us.

The first one is located around Pijaca Markale,  an open air market, infamous for two mortar bombardments that took place in February 1994 and August 1995, killing 68 civilians and injuring many more. That is why the war remembrance has a strong presence here, especially in form of Sarajevo roses, memorial plaques or a genocide museum. The plaques often use a term ‘Serbian criminals’, which only demonstrates the fact, that the war never really ceased to exist and that only the weapons disappeared. There were a lot of people wandering through the promenade, since it was a very pleasant Saturday day.

The second one is situated around two important buildings – Marijin Dvor and Sarajevo City Center. The first one is important because of it’s history, as it’s the first closed block in Sarajevo, built by an Austrian entrepreneur August Braun. It has a very convenient inner courtyard with three large, old plane trees. Organisers of ‘Dani arhitekture’ festival focused on this space in 2014, when they rented an apartment in this block. That lead them to realise that the courtyard is actually a public space and they tried to network it’s inhabitants. As a result of this experiment, a nice bench shaped like the block was created and installed in the space. Who knows how many inner courtyards with such qualities are there in Sarajevo to discover. The other important place, Sarajevo City Centre, is actually a shopping centre. Possibly it is a very popular space, as it was quite crowded during the day and it possibly belongs to an muslim investor, as no alcohol was sold in the grocery shop in the basement level. The whole area behind the shopping mall looked very empty and untouched, possibly awaiting to be redeveloped in a similar, commercial fashion.

The final focus area was even further away from the centre, in the modernistic part of the city, next to the Holiday Inn Hotel. As a typical modernistic urban structure, the spaces between buildings are much broader, giving them sort of an iconic look. This corresponds with their functions, because apart from a hotel, there was also a school of philosophy, a technical school and the National Museum –  with a lot of parkings spaces in between.

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