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Architecture, Urban Space and War: The Destruction and Reconstruction of Sarajevo

Architecture, Urban Space and War: The Destruction and Reconstruction of Sarajevo

by Mirjana RisticMirjana Ristic


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This book investigates architectural and urban dimensions of the ethnic-nationalist conflict in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, during and after the siege of 1992–1995. Focusing on the wartime destruction of a portion of the cityscape in central Sarajevo and its post-war reconstruction, re-inscription and memorialization, the book reveals how such spatial transformations become complicit in the struggle for reconfiguration of the city’s territory, boundaries and place identity. Drawing on original research, the study highlights the capacities of architecture and urban space to mediate terror, violence and resistance, and to deal with heritage of the war and act a catalyst for ethnic segregation or reconciliation. Based on a multi-disciplinary methodological approach grounded in architectural and urban theory, the spatial turn in critical social theory and assemblage thinking, as well as techniques of spatial analysis, in particular morphological mapping, the book provides an innovative spatial framework for analyzing the political role of contemporary cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030095796
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 01/07/2019
Series: Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Mirjana Ristic is Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Sociology, TU Darmstadt, Germany. Her research is focused on political issues in architecture and urban design, including the role of buildings and public spaces in mediating nationalism, conflict, power, violence and resistance. She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Table of Contents

1. Sarajevo Warscapes: Introduction
2. Cities, Nationalism and Conflict
3. Topography of Terror: Sniping and Shelling of Urban Space
4. Landscape of Ruins: Targeting Architecture
5. Resistance
6. Re-Bordering Sarajevo
7. Specter of War
8. Painful Memories and Parallel Histories
9. Lessons from Sarajevo

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